Source: Press Conference

At a press conference Friday, Governor Cooper announced a Stay At Home order for all of North Carolina. It goes into effect on Monday, March 30th at 5pm.

“Though we are physically apart, we must take these steps together in spirit,” Cooper said. “Consider your families, consider your friends. People that you might infect if you’re carrying the virus. We need to keep them safe.” 

The move follows a state of emergency declaration from March 10, a week after the first confirmed case of coronavirus in North Carolina. A few days later, on March 17, Cooper ordered bars and restaurants to halt on-site consumption and transition to delivery or take-out only. In addition, schools have been closed until at least May 15, and on March 23 an executive order closed gyms, movie theaters, nail salons, barber shops and similar businesses that cannot practice social distancing.

The first COVID-19 unemployment benefits will be paid next week, Cooper said at the press conference. 

Cooper recognized the difficulties that many are facing, “I know this order may lead to even more hardship and heartache. Many of you are already doing what you’re supposed to, even though that means that you’re isolated or you might have lost your job. Thank you for doing the right thing.”

The Stay At Home order is expected to last until at least April 29th.
Watch the full press conference from Governor Cooper here.