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Governor: NC to close restaurants, bars amid COVID-19 concerns, takeout and delivery still options

Governor Roy Cooper

With cases of the COVID-19 virus on the rise across North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper will issue an executive order Tuesday to close all restaurants and bars for dine-in customers. The new measure will still allow for takeout and delivery orders.

Maryland and the District of Columbia have taken similar steps in recent days to stem the spread of the fast moving virus.

Gov. Cooper and members of the Coronavirus Task Force are expected to talk about the new order at length today during a 2 p.m. briefing.

The governor will also be discussing an an expansion of unemployment insurance to help North Carolina workers affected by COVID-19.

You can view the live stream of the governor’s announcement here:



  1. Lisa

    March 18, 2020 at 11:27 am

    Leaving fast food workers and there families at risk just so people can have options is WRONG! When you go through a drive thru or deliver something you are within a couple feet of someone else who may be infected and not even know it. Just because people work fast food doesn’t mean they don’t have underlying health conditions!!!! Close everything down for a temporary period and the virus will stop spreading!!!!!

  2. Liz

    March 18, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    I agree Lisa. All people over 60 or at risk, should just be home. Companies won’t voluntarily do that unless it is imposed.

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