Gov. Cooper’s modified stay at home order, curfew now in effect

North Carolina news

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Gov. Roy Cooper’s modified stay at home order went into effect at 5 p.m. Friday and, as of 10 p.m., North Carolina residents are to stay at home until 5 a.m.

On Tuesday, Cooper announced he was signing Executive Order 181 which is effective Friday at 5 p.m. through at least Jan. 8 at 5 p.m.

The executive order states all individuals must “stay at home or the place they will remain for the night” from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Certain businesses must close between those curfew hours – those businesses include bars, entertainment venues, parks, museums and aquariums.

Exceptions include those going to and from work, while businesses selling groceries, medication, health care supplies and fuel may remain open.

Restaurants, breweries, distilleries and wineries can operate with only take-out and delivery services after 10 p.m.

Cooper’s order is aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 in North Carolina.

The state has set new record highs this week in several key metrics – including hospitalizations.

As of Thursday, the daily hospitalization total has increased for eight straight days and has set a single-day record seven days in a row.

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