Statewide ‘stay-at-home’ order now in effect in North Carolina

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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The order, an attempt to help combat the spread of COVID-19, will stay in place for 30 days or until it is repealed, replaced or rescinded by another executive order.

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“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.

Click here to read the full stay-at-home order

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 and agriculture
Organizations that provide charitable and social services
Religious entities
Media
Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation
Financial and insurance institutions
Home improvement, hardware and supplies
Critical trades
Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery, and pick-up services
Educational institutions
Laundry services
Restaurants for consumption off-premises
Supplies for COVID-19 essential businesses and operations
Transportation
Home-based care and services
Residential facilities and shelters
Professional services
Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries
Defense and military contractors
Hotels and motels
Funeral services
Additional COVID-19 essential retail business

If you do not think your business is included in the essential services list and you feel it should be, you may apply online at the NC Department of Revenue to be designated essential by clicking here. Until your exemption is reviewed, you may operate as long as your business can accommodate social distancing in your workplace.

Frequently asked questions about the order can be found here

“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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