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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.


4 Responses to “Gov. Cooper tightens existing restrictions to slow COVID-19 spread”

  1. Who enforces this?

    Posted by Jim | November 23, 2020, 3:49 pm
    • ‘Face covering requirements are now enforceable by law enforcement against individuals.’ That’s how the Executive Order phrases it.

      Posted by Newsroom | November 23, 2020, 3:58 pm
      • Agreed, but will they? To me the wearing of a mask does little to protect me but rather that of those around me. So for someone else not to to wear their mask puts me and everyone else around that person in jeopardy and risk of contracting the virus. It should be considered a felony and punished accordingly just as the individual who two years ago spit in a Cleveland Ohio Police Officers face who was then charged with a felony and sentenced to 18 months in jail. They had Hepatitis C. I feel the same should be done to those who knowingly refuse to wear their mask and if someone dies from being exposed by said person then they should then be charged with murder and again punished accordingly. But again, that’s just me.

        Posted by Berachiah Yisrael | November 24, 2020, 2:10 am
  2. Good job Gov Cooper! If you have a problem with these mandates there may be something wrong with you. Wearing a mask does not protect you, it protects those around you from catching what you may have. That’s why in the past when you go to the doctors office with potential flu, you are the one with the mask in the waiting room not everyone else. Refusing to wear a mask is not individual liberty in a time of an emergency, you are directly impacting people around you. It is not a choice made in a vacuum. And shame on the businesses that refuse for their employees to wear masks (Big Bites). It is literally the bare minimum. You are giving a big middle finger to businesses that had to close for an extended time due to covid while your business continues the spread.

    Posted by Concerned Resident | November 24, 2020, 1:26 pm

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