CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – A “stay-at-home” order issued by Gov. Roy Cooper for the entire state of North Carolina went into effect at 5 p.m. Monday.
Cooper urged people to start “as soon as you possibly you can.”
The order, an attempt to help combat the spread of COVID-19, will stay in place for 30 days or until it is repealed, replaced or rescinded by another executive order.
“It’s what we have to do to save lives,” Cooper said. “It has the force of law.”
The order directs residents to stay at home unless you need to leave for essentials such as a job, food, medicine, outdoor exercise or to help someone.
The order bans gatherings of more than 10 people and directs individuals to stay at least 6 feet away from one another. Funerals are permitted to include no more than 50 people while practicing social distancing requirements.
Essential services are allowed to continue under the order, and directs the businesses that do need to stay open to practice strong social distancing requirements.
The order will be enforced by both state and local law enforcement officers.
The order identifies essential businesses as:
Businesses that meet social distancing requirements
Businesses operating in CISA identified sectors
Healthcare and public health operations
Human services operations
Essential infrastructure operations
Essential government operations
Stores that sell groceries and medicine
Food, beverage production
Organizations that provide charitable and social services
Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation
Financial and insurance institutions
Home improvement, hardware
Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery, and pick-up services
Restaurants for consumption off-premises
Supplies for COVID-19 essential businesses and operations
Home-based care and services
Residential facilities and shelters
Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries
Defense and military contractors
Hotels and motels
Additional COVID-19 essential retail
“We must take this step together in spirit,” Cooper said. “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.”
At least 1,167 people have tested positive for COVID-19 across North Carolina, according to North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services statistics on Monday morning.
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