RALEIGH — Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced additional new restrictions in response to COVID-19.
According to a press release from Cooper’s office, the order:
- Requires people to stay at home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. and takes effect Friday, December 11 and will be in place until at least January 8, 2021.
- Requires restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, personal care businesses and more to close at 10 p.m.
Travel to and from work; to obtain food, medical care, fuel or social services; or to take care of a family member is exempted.
Cooper and N.C. Secretary of Health & Human Services Mandy Cohen cited increasing case counts in issuing the additional restrictions. According to the press release, in the past week North Carolina’s case count has broken single-day records on three separate days, including crossing more than 6,000 cases per day on two of those days. Just a month ago, cases were under 3,000 per day. In recent days, the percent of tests returning positive has increased to more than 10%.
The release adds that “Governor Cooper was clear that further action would be taken to slow the spread of the virus if trends do not improve. This could require further limiting of restaurant dining, indoor entertainment or shopping and retail capacity restrictions, among other safety protocols.”