On March 30th Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina issued EXECUTIVE ORDER No. 121, otherwise known as a “Stay at Home” directive. As part of that order all non-essential businesses had to cease operations. However, those businesses considered “essential” were to remain open. Given the Polymer Center’s critical role in developing anti-microbial compounds, as well as its crucial testing services, we are considered “essential” under Section 2, Part C, Items 21, “Supplies,” and Item 26, “Supply Chain.” However, we have canceled our classes, which we hope to reopen once the executive order is lifted, and are operating under the guidelines of the Department of Labor, Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 including staggering lunch times, increasing spacing between individuals, increased frequency of cleanings of high-usage areas, use of respirators, masks and disposable gloves, and stay-at-home orders to those possibly ill. We will update this post once the Governor’s order is lifted.