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Gov. Cooper tightens existing restrictions to slow COVID-19 spread


Nov. 23. Pointing out that the state and country are reporting record increases of COVID-19, NC Gov. Roy Cooper this afternoon said “we are in danger, this is a pivotal moment in the fate of the coronavirus.”

Accordingly, during a 2 pm press conference the governor announced that everyone must wear a mask anytime they are with someone they don’t live with including at work, in schools and in stores—regardless of social distancing.

Under previous executive orders, face coverings were required indoors only if people were within six feet. To read the new Executive Order, click here.

Face covering requirements are now enforceable by law enforcement against individuals, according to the governor.

New details

Under the new executive order, face coverings continue to be required in public outdoor settings if individuals are unable to maintain six feet of social distance with non-household members.

Face coverings are now required at indoor gyms and fitness facilities if people are exercising.

In restaurants, guests are required to wear face coverings at their table unless they are actively eating or drinking.

Retail business locations with more than 15,000 square feet of interior space must station a worker at each entrance to enforce face covering and emergency maximum occupancy requirements.

On public transportation, passengers may be denied entry if they refuse to wear a face covering.

Extended to Dec. 11

The governor also extended the gathering limits another week to Dec. 11.


“Some of our hospitals are starting to feel the strain,” said Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the NC Dept. of Health & human Services.

Total COVID-19 hospitalizations in North Carolina passed the 1,600 mark today, a record. On Sunday the NC Dept. of Health & Human Services reported a record 4,514 new cases of COVID-19 statewide.

Mecklenburg County’s largest single-day increase in the spread of the coronavirus also occurred on Sunday, with 534 new COVID-19 cases.

“We are on shaky ground,” Cohen said. For frequently asked questions, click here.

Face coverings are not required for children under 5 years of age, people who have a behavioral condition or disability, or people who are actively eating or drinking.

The mass gathering limit remains at 10 for indoor settings and 50 for outdoor settings.