Covid-19 Response

Covid-19 Response

The Town of Matthews has been working closely with our local, state and federal partners to respond to the Covid-19 crisis. As this is a rapidly changing situation, the Town will continue to assess how to best meet the needs of our community while following expert advice from our partners in emergency management.

Safer at Home Phase 2.5
Effective September 4, 2020, North Carolina and Mecklenburg County will move to Safer at Home Phase 2.5 through at least September 22, 2020. Phase 2.5 means the following for North Carolina:
- Mass gathering limits will increase to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors from the current limit of 10 indoors and 25 outdoors. 
- Playgrounds may open. 
- Museums and aquariums may open at 50% capacity. 
- Gyms and indoor exercise facilities, such as yoga studios, martial arts, and rock climbing, as well as skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor basketball, volleyball etc., may open at 30% capacity. 
- Bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, indoor entertainment facilities, amusement parks, dance halls will remain closed. 
- Large venues remain subject to the mass gathering limits. 

Click here to read more.

Required Face Coverings
Effective June 26, face coverings must be worn when people are in public places as officials seek to stabilize concerning trends of increasing viral spread. More information is available here.

Mecklenburg County Updates and Data

Town of Matthews News

March 13, 2020 Joint Declaration of Emergency
April 30, 2020 Revised Joint Declaration of Emergency
July 23, 2020 Second Revised and Amended Joint Declaration of Emergency
August 11, 2020 Amendment to Second Revised and Amended Joint Declaration of Emergency

Resources for Businesses

Additional Outdoor Dining Areas Permitted for Matthews Restaurants: In response to the three phase reopening of businesses in North Carolina and the limited seating capacity for restaurants in Phase 2, the Town of Matthews has implemented temporary measures to allow for additional outdoor seating areas for food and beverage establishments. Click here for more information and to complete an application

Phase 2 Toolkit for Businesses
: A new toolkit from Mecklenburg County is now available with resources for local businesses to help as they begin to reopen. It includes printable signs, general safety guidelines and more »

In response to the local economic impact of the current health crisis, Mecklenburg County has created a COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Stabilization Loan Fund and a Microbusiness Stabilization Fund. The funds were created through the County's partnerships with Carolina Small Business Development Fund and Centralina Council of Governments. 
Please click here to be directed to Mecklenburg County's website for more information.

The Matthews Chamber of Commerce has a dedicated  Resources webpage available to everyone, not just their members.

Visit the North Carolina Department of Commerce dedicated webpage for business solutions such as financial support (including the federal Paycheck Protection Plan), supply chain issues, and information about unemployment insurance.

The Small Business Administration has several loan and debt relief programs available for businesses including the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (see below). Please visit their website to learn more: and contact the local office of the SBA here:

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs)
The SBA has approved the North Carolina Governor’s request for a disaster declaration, and you may begin the application process.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to use the online SBA application.  Alternatively, applicants may complete a  hard copy SBA application and mail it to SBA, though that will take longer to process.  There are no disaster loan centers established for this disaster declaration.

Video: Supporting Matthews Businesses During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Local Stay at Home Order - The Town of Matthews hosted a video conference call for business owners in light of the Stay at Home Order issued by Mecklenburg County.

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