On Tuesday, Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order mandating that bars and restaurants across North Carolina close, effective at 5pm. The executive order also outlined ways the state is alleviating the burden of unemployment while work and life change during the pandemic.

The order removes the one-week waiting period to apply for unemployment benefits, removes the requirement that someone must look for a new job while unemployed, allows some employees who have reduced hours due to the virus to apply for unemployment benefits, waives the in-person part of the application process and directs that unemployment losses will not be counted against employers.

The move comes after new recommendations from the federal government, suggesting citizens avoid crowds or groups larger than 10 if possible.

This past weekend, Cooper ordered public schools across the state to close for at least two weeks, and barred groups of more than 100 from gathering. 

View the full press conference stream here. View the executive order here.