NC Governor Roy Cooper has just signed a new executive order that implements a state-wide curfew in an attempt to further curb the dramatic rise in new Covid-19 cases across our state.
Executive Order 181, which goes into effect this coming Friday (12/11), requires all restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, and personal care businesses throughout our state to close at 10 pm.
Over the past week, North Carolina’s case count has broken single-day records on three separate times, including over 6,000 cases per day twice. Just a month ago, cases were under 3,000 per day. In recent days, the percent of tests returning positive has increased to over 10%.
“We already have strong safety protocols and capacity limitations in place – including a statewide mask requirement. With this additional action beginning Friday, we hope to get these numbers down,” noted Cooper. “Our new modified Stay At Home order aims to limit gatherings and get people home where they are safer, especially during the holidays. It’s also a reminder that we must be vigilant the rest of the day – wearing a face mask when we are with people we don’t live with, keeping a safe distance from others and washing our hands a lot.”
You can watch Governor Cooper’s entire press conference here:
What do you think about the new executive order?