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Governor Cooper Extends Stay at Home Order through May 8th

In a press conference at 3:00 p.m. on April 23, 2020, Governor Cooper and public health experts discussed the state of the public health emergency brought about by the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 on North Carolina. Overall, the data suggest that North Carolina is on a good path and is slowing the spread of COVID-19, but that the State is not yet ready to reopen. Accordingly, Governor Cooper extended the Stay at Home Order through May 8, 2020. In line with federal guidance regarding COVID-19, Governor Cooper laid out the following multi-phase strategy for relieving restrictions and reopening the state once

Phase 1

  • Stay at home order remains in place to allow more reasons to leave home for commercial activity
  • Retailers and servicers must maintain social distancing and cleaning
  • Gatherings limited to no more than 10 people
  • Parks reopen and outdoor exercise encouraged
  • Face coverings recommended in public
  • Restrictions remain in place for nursing homes and long-term care

Phase 2

  • Lift stay at home order
  • Strong encouragement for vulnerable populations to continue staying at home
  • Allow limited opening of restaurants and bars
  • Allow reopening of houses of worship (reduced attendance)
  • Further release restrictions on mass gatherings
  • Restrictions still in place for nursing homes and long-term care

Phase 3

  • Lessen restrictions for vulnerable populations
  • Allow increased capacity for restaurants
  • Further increase mass gatherings
  • Restrictions still in place for nursing homes

Essential businesses and operations as well as businesses or operations that can be conducted while maintaining social distancing requirements can still operate. All other businesses must remain closed. Additionally, Governor Cooper intends to make an announcement about the school system on Friday, April 24, 2020.