Gov. Roy Cooper signs order to stop utilities from being cut off for people who can’t pay for next 60 days

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Governor Roy Cooper announced on Tuesday that he has signed an executive order to stop utilities from being cut off for people who can’t pay.

Electric, gas, water and wastewater services cannot be shut off for the next 60 days.

The executive order also encourages banks not to charge overdraft fees and other penalties.

Cooper announced that the first unemployment benefits are set to be paid this week.

The stay-at-home order says unless people are doing essential things or running essential organizations or businesses, they’re required by law to stay at home.

Local law enforcement agencies say their goal is to get voluntary compliance from people and businesses in the community, but that doesn’t always happen.

If you violate the stay-at-home order during the health crisis you can be charged with a Class 2 misdemeanor.

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