Written by James Upchurch

Governor Roy Cooper has announced an executive order that requires  all individuals in the state of North Carolina to wear a face mask in public and public work spaces until at least July 17 or until the executive order is lifted. His order “requires a mask or face covering for all residents when out in public (both indoors and outdoors) where six feet of distance cannot be maintained. This order applies to Retail, Restaurants, Construction sites, Agriculture, Private businesses, and Outdoor areas.”

This executive order will go into place June 26,  at 5pm. You are exempt from wearing a face mask if you’re under the age of 11 or have a medical condition that prevents you from doing so. A doctor’s note should be submitted  to Cheryl Moody to request a medical exception. Businesses can be fined upwards of $10,000 for being in violation of this order.

In compliance with the Governor’s executive order, faculty, staff, students, and visitors at St. Andrews will be required to wear face masks at all times in common areas. Face masks are not required in single occupant offices or when six feet of distance is maintained (indoors or outdoors). I have attached Frequently Asked Questions about the new executive order from the North Carolina government website.  We have been very fortunate that not a single student, staff, or faculty member has tested positive for COVID 19 and we want to keep our perfect record.  This is a  necessary step we must take to keep our staff, students, faculty, and visitors safe. As soon as the executive order is lifted, we will send an update. Please stay safe and well.

Dr. Ellen Bernhardt

Interim Campus President