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NC Governor signs executive ‘stay at home’ order that starts at 5 p.m. Monday

Gov. Roy Cooper

Starting at 5 p.m. Monday, North Carolinians will be forced to stay in their homes for a month in an effort to slow the community spread of COVID-19, which is a pandemic.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced today that he signed an executive “stay at home” order. There are exceptions to the order, including for health and safety care and engagement, outdoor activities (with proper social distancing) and employees who need to go to a job that is considered essential by the state. Residents can also obtain necessary supplies and services from grocery stores or restaurants (take-out and delivery only).

The state has confirmed 763 positive cases of COVID-19 in 60 counties. There have been three deaths and 77 people hospitalized. Cooper said during a Friday afternoon press conference that there is widespread community transmission of the virus, which is why he signed the order.

“These are tough directives, but I need you to take them seriously,” Cooper said. “Although we are physically apart, we must take this step together in spirit. Even if you don’t think you have to worry about yourself, consider our nurses, doctors, custodial staff and other hospital workers who will be stretched beyond their capacity if we are unable to slow the spread of this disease.”

The executive order will be in effect for 30 days. If there are counties that already have stay at home orders, whichever one is more strict is the one residents have to comply with. All orders are enforceable by law, and Cooper said at the press conference that not complying with the statewide order is a Class 2 misdemeanor.

“We hope it doesn’t come to that,” he said of detaining individuals who don’t follow the order. “But we want people to know that this is a serious order.”

Read the full text of the order below.



EO121 Stay at Home Order 3 (Text)

3 Comments


  1. Raina Kranz

    March 27, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    So, I have a question, if you are saying only essential work is exempt…. why are golf courses that are semi- private still permitted to be open ?

  2. Helen Guinn

    March 27, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    If the governor is trying to stop the virus please tell me why is the ABC store open that makes know sense. Nothing has changed

  3. Jennifer Kellum

    April 3, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    There are now cases inside the prisons
    Specifically at Maury Correctional. The prison is on lock down I have spoken to several inmates there yesterday.
    Correct me if I am wrong but I do not have any confidence in the “soap” available to inmates has been confirmed to kill this new virus. Many incarcerated do not have funds to purchase products from commissary which is where name brand name soap (such as Dial and other antibacterial soaps) are available.

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