TOTAL SHUTDOWN: North Carolina Governor Orders State Lockdown to Fight the Wuhan Virus
On Friday, March 27, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper issued a shelter order for the entire state of North Carolina.
The order will commence on Monday at 5 p.m.
According to the order, people are directed to stay at home, unless they visit essential businesses, exercise outdoors, or help family members. The order also bans gatherings of more than 10 people and mandates social distancing.
Violations of this order, which stays in effect until April 29, are a Class 2 misdemeanor.
“It’s what we have to do to save lives,” Cooper said during a 4 p.m. news conference.
As of Friday, the state has recorded 763 cases of coronavirus in at least 60 counties. Three deaths have taken place in the state so far.
“North Carolina is now considered by the Centers for Disease Control to have widespread transmission,” Cooper declared. “Because no one is immune, because there is no vaccination, the best scientifically proven tool we have to slow the spread is to keep our distance.”
Cooper acknowledged that the order will cause increased hardships for many of the state’s workers.
The governor announced that the first round of unemployment benefits in North Carolina will be going out in the next week.
The governor’s executive order came in the wake of a Dare County announcement earlier on Friday which ordered a stay-home order starting at 5 p.m. Saturday.
The governor’s full order can be found HERE.