NC Gov. Cooper Issues Statewide 'Stay At Home' Order, Begins Monday

Ruben Hill
March 28, 2020

The order begins at 5 p.m. on Monday, but the state's residents are urged to begin as soon as they can. "It has the force of law".

Governor Cooper during his press conference at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 27, issued a mandatory stay-at-home order, in effect March 30-April 30. In North Carolina, there are more than 800 cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, in two-thirds of the state's counties. In all, there were 85,356 positive COVID-19 cases in the country Friday, according to the CDC.

California, New York and Washington have already received major disaster declarations for COVID-19. NY has the most coronavirus cases in the country, with 38,977 as of Friday afternoon.

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Concerns about the multiplying effect of social spread, as seen in other states, and the ability to safeguard staff, precious supplies, and resources, led NCHA to request the shelter-in-place order in a letter to Gov. Cooper on Monday. Public schools throughout the state have been ordered closed through at least May 15. On March 16, Cooper announced that he was shutting down businesses with a high chance of spreading the coronavirus, including bars and dine-in restaurants.

"This order directs you to stay home unless you need to leave for essentials food medicine outdoor exercise or to help someone or go to work", he said. "It bans gatherings of more than 10 people and orders you to stay more than 6 feet away from other people".

"Please everyone, heed this order and make sure you stay safe and you look after your friends and family and let's all of us do our part here in North Carolina", Cooper said to close the briefing.

Cooper announced the order Friday at a news conference as the state's total of positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 763.

"In cases where a local order and the state order differ, the more restrictive requirement will apply", said Mike Sprayberry, director of North Carolina Emergency Management. "I want to stress that businesses that are allowed to remain open under the executive order will not need to have any extra credential or permit to continue operations".

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