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 Two
North Carolina and Mecklenburg County will remain in Safer at Home Phase Two through at least September 11, 2020. 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.

Alcohol Sales Restrictions Effective July 23
Evidence continues to reveal that many businesses and patrons are not taking social distancing seriously nor wearing masks consistent with the terms of the Governor's Executive Orders or the revised Joint Proclamation. As a result, Mecklenburg County, in conjunction with the City of Charlotte and the towns of Davidson, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville announced a joint proclamation with additional business restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19. The restrictions go into effect July 23. More information is available here.

Mecklenburg County Updates and Data

Town of Matthews News
On March 17, the Town announced several precautionary measures including event cancellations and facilities closures: Town of Matthews Announces Precautionary Measures Due to COVID-19. Please note that Town Hall is now open. All playground equipment, picnic shelters and public restrooms are also closed

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

Town of Matthews Summer Camps to Resume July 6

The Town of Matthews Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resource Department will resume most summer camps beginning Monday, July 6. Select camp offerings will be available for online registration on Monday, June 1. Please visit to register.

Matthews Town Board Supports Required Face Coverings
During their meeting on June 23, the Town of Matthews Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution in support of a Mecklenburg County-wide requirement for face coverings in certain circumstances to ensure all measures to protect the safety and health of all citizens and businesses to slow the spread of COVID-19 are being implemented. Click here to read more.

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.

Stay Informed

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Other News & Information

Yard Waste Pickup to Resume Monday April 20

Republic Services has informed the Town of Matthews that yard waste pickup will resume beginning Monday, April 20 and will be operating on a normal schedule.

Please be patient as pickup resumes. It is expected to take some time for workers to catch up.

Thank you for your cooperation during the suspension of yard waste pickup. Yard waste pickup is a two-person, hands-on operation and the safety of employees is a top priority. Republic Services will continue to monitor the situation with Covid-19 and reevaluate if necessary. 

Bulk Item Pickup Resume Monday May 11
Bulk item pickup will resume on Monday, May 11. It is not necessary to call to request a pickup during this week. 

Beginning Monday, May 18, residents must call 704-393-6900 to request a bulk pickup within at least 24 hours of their regular service day. This pickup will occur on your regular trash pickup day. 

A reminder that bulk item pickup as an on-call service is pursuant to the Town's contract with Republic Services.

Yard waste is not considered bulk items. For more information, please visit:


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