Governor Cooper issues "stay-at-home" order

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RALEIGH - Governor Roy Cooper issued a statewide stay-at-home order during a Friday afternoon briefing in an additional effort to curb the 

The stay-at-home order will go into effect at 5 p.m. Monday.

"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 outside their homes to get fresh air.

Republican Sen. Thom Tillis issued the following statement showing bipartisan support for Gov. Cooper's stay-at-home order:

"We are all in this together, and in order to protect the health of North Carolinians and get through this crisis as quickly as possible, we must all do our part to contain community spread over the next several weeks. I've had discussions with Governor Cooper about the challenge of protecting both the physical and economic health of the state, and the Governor made the difficult, but correct decision to issue a statewide stay-at-home order.

Cooper had previously given an order that shuttered K-12 schools through mid-May, banned mass gatherings of more than 50 people and told restaurants to stop dine-in service.
Also Friday, North Carolina health officials reported another death related to the novel coronavirus, as more local governments prepared to clamp down further on residents' movements.

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