FARGO – Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney and West Fargo Mayor Bernie Dardis will issue individual "Stay Home / Save Lives" directives at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 7.

The directives pertain to strategies for slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Fargo and West Fargo and issue an urgent call to action for all residents.

Cass County Commission Chair Chad Peterson and Fargo Park Board President Jerry Rostad will speak in support of the directives.

“This is the time we can make the most impact. Social distancing is critically important and the Stay Home. / Save Lives. Directive reflects just that. This is an urgent call for our residents to help fight the community spread of COVID-19. We need you to take this seriously — now,” Mahoney said in a statement.

The mayors said they are offering the directives in support of, and to expand upon, the efforts of N.D. Gov. Doug Burgum.

Interested parties are encouraged to watch the announcement via a livestream hosted on the city of Fargo’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, on the web at http://www.TVFargo.com or via the Fargo Access Channel 56.

Although Burgum has said a statewide stay-at-home order is not yet needed, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has said states without such orders are putting themselves at risk.

“I want to be clear for those who are suggesting we are not doing enough to make no mistake: I will use every tool at my disposal as governor to protect the lives and safety of North Dakotans. But I am only going to use those tools if it makes sense and when it makes sense,” Burgum said Friday, April 3, during a news conference.