Governor Roy Cooper has issued a statewide Executive Order. It requires all North Carolinians to stay at home except for absolute necessities.
The number of positive COVID-19 cases is escalating rapidly on a daily basis in North Carolina. And that’s why state officials say they can’t wait to take even more aggressive action.
"Today, I’ve signed a Stay At Home Order for the entire state of North Carolina. Enforcement begins at 5 pm on Monday, but we urge you to start as soon as you possibly can. It’s what we have to do to save lives. It has the force of law."
Exceptions include going to a job and picking up food or medicine. Gatherings of ten people or more are now prohibited by law. Keeping a six-foot distance between people is also part of the order. The order will be in effect through April 29th.
Officials say credentials are not necessary for businesses to operate, but they should review the Order to determine whether they should remain open.
And in the event there’s a discrepancy between a county or municipal order and the statewide Stay-At-Home directive, the more restrictive requirement applies.
Here is the link to the 10-page Executive Order, issued March 27th: