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Stay-at-Home Order issued for Monday at 5 PM – Governor Cooper

North Carolina Statewide Stay-at-home Order Issued by Gov. Roy Cooper Gov. Roy Cooper issued a statewide stay-at-home order during a Friday afternoon briefing in an additional effort to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

The stay-at-home order will go into effect at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 30th.

“To continue our aggressive battle to slow the spread of COVID-19, today I have signed a stay-at-home order for the entire state of North Carolina. Enforcement begins at 5 p.m. on Monday, but we urge you to start as soon as possible,” Cooper said.

The order calls for all North Carolina citizens to reduce their travel, staying home as much as possible. It does not ban essential travel or make it illegal for citizens to go outside their homes to get fresh air.

Violating the stay-at-home order is a class two misdemeanor, but it is up to local law enforcement and district attorneys to determine if how to enforce the order.

“We hope and believe that people will abide by this order because of the seriousness of it and the fact that this virus is being transferred so easily from one person to another,” Cooper said.