COVID-19 Updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Greenville-Pitt County

Greenville-Pitt County Convention & Visitors Bureau Statement:

The Greenville-Pitt County Convention & Visitors Bureau is starting to see the effects in our area of events, meetings, sports tournaments, and family reunions being canceled and/or postponed due to the response to COVID-19. While we understand and agree with the policy of social distancing, especially among populations considered most at risk, these cancelations are and will continue to have an impact on travel to Greenville-Pitt County and our local businesses.

We hope this will be a temporary situation that will help alleviate and limit the negative impacts of this virus. The Greenville-Pitt County Convention & Visitors Bureau is and will continue to monitor the cancelations of events and their economic impacts in our area.We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as it relates to North Carolina and Greenville-Pitt County. Our top priority is the safety, health, and well-being of our community, its residents, and visitors. This is a rapidly evolving situation that changes by the hour and there is a lot of uncertainty. We are providing you resources below for your business and employees; Please forward to any colleagues in the industry that you feel would benefit from this information. This message is best viewed on desktop. On mobile please click ‘View Entire Message’ at the bottom of the email to see the entire update.

Our team is in regular contact with the State Tourism Office (Visit NC) and our city and county government and agencies to stay informed on the latest updates as it relates to travel.

We will place any major updates and resources here on this page. 

Greenville-Pitt County Travel Information:

As of Monday, March 16, our Visit Greenville, NC Visitors Center & Offices will be closed to the public until further notice. Our staff will continue to work behind the scenes to promote our Greenville-Pitt County destination. Please feel free to reach out by other methods.

Certain populations however are at “high risk” of severe illness from COVID-19, which include adults over 65 and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes or a weakened immune system. Those populations are being asked by federal, state and local officials to avoid large groups of people as much as possible.

Current recommended best practices includes:

Guidelines for Events & Gatherings:

As of March 16, Governor Roy Cooper and state health officials declared that North Carolina should follow the CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommending that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. These events include large gatherings where people are in close contact (less than 6 feet), for example concerts, conferences, sporting events, faith-based events and other large gatherings.”

If you have any Greenville-Pitt County event or meetings cancelations or postponements, please email us at info@visitgreenvillenc.com so we can update our Visit Greenville, NC Event Calendar or keep track of the travel and tourism impact accordingly.

Greenville & Pitt County Information:

Greenville

Pitt County

Pitt County Department of Health: pittcountync.gov/229/Public-Health

Pitt County Government: pittcountync.gov

Greenville & Pitt County Education Information:

East Carolina University will be extending its official spring break by an additional week, until Monday, March 23. Classes will then be transitioned from face-to-face to alternative methods beginning March 23 and will continue until further notice. All extracurricular activities, such as athletic events and club meetings, are postponed until further notice.

Pitt Community College

Pitt Community College has extended Spring Break for their students through Sunday, March 22. All extracurricular activities, such as athletic events and club meetings, are postponed until further notice. Though classes will resume Monday, March 23, many of them will be shifted to alternative delivery methods.

Pitt County Schools

Pitt County Public Schools will be following Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 117 to close all Pitt County Schools beginning Monday, March 16, through March 30, 2020. Information about students who are in need of meals is available on PCPS’s website.

Accommodations, Restaurants & Business Information:

**UPDATE 3/17/20:**

Effective 5pm today, restaurants and bars will close for dine-in customers. Takeout and delivery orders can continue. Governor Cooper and members of the Coronavirus Task Force are holiday a media briefing today at 2pm, where they will announce the Executive Order. 

The executive order will also include an expansion of unemployment benefits to help North Carolina workers affected by COVID-19. 

The CDC offers specific instructions for cleaning and disinfecting on their website at this linkBest practices are to protect your employees and customers by maintaining stringent cleaning practices.

Accommodations:

Restaurants:

Posters & Handouts:

The CDC has some great posters and handouts you can download here.

Continue to Support Greenville-Pitt County Small & Local Businesses: 

In these days of rapidly changing circumstances as we all make adjustments to our daily lives in response to the coronavirus, those in our tourism and hospitality industry feel this impact directly. Our small and local business owners, restaurateurs, hotel staff, and service employees, rely on the business of both visitors and locals. Greenville-Pitt County is the Heart of Pirate Nation, and our entire community and crew must be “all hands on deck” figuratively, to help support each other as we navigate through these uncertain times.

Here are some ways you can help:
(Thanks to our friends in the Bull City at Discover Durham!) 

State of North Carolina Information

US Federal Government Information: