Local & State
|Executive order expands mask and gathering mandates in NC|
|Rules go into effect on Nov. 25|
|Published Monday, November 23, 2020 5:27 pm|
|North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced an executive order extending a statewide requirement on face coverings as well as indoor gatherings.|
Executive Order No. 180 goes into effect on Nov. 25, at which time everyone will be required to wear a mask whenever they are with someone with whom they do not live. It also extends Phase 3 through Dec. 11.
“Everyone needs to wear a mask whenever you are with someone you don’t live with,” Cooper said Monday.
Masks will be required in any public indoor space regardless of physical distance, in gyms while exercising, all schools and on public transportation. Masks are required in private transportation when traveling with those you do not live with. Businesses with over 15,000 square feet must have an employee stationed in the vicinity of the entrance to ensure capacity limits, as well as proper face coverings.
“This order also strengthens the role of businesses in ensuring masks are worn by everyone in the store — staff and customers — and that they are abiding by capacity limits so that people can stay distant and can stay safe,” Cooper said.
North Carolina reported a record-high 4,514 cases on Nov. 22. Today, there were 2,419 new cases with 1,601 hospitalizations.
The state implemented a County Alert System map last week to show where community spread is hitting hardest. Counties are broken into three categories – red, orange and yellow – with red the most critical. Since launching the system, 10 more counties are now categorized as red. Of the state’s 100 counties, 20 are red and 42 are orange. Mecklenburg County remains yellow. Among neighboring counties, Union is yellow, Cabarrus is orange and Gaston is red.
“The coming weeks will be a true test of our resolve to do what it takes to keep people from getting sick, to save lives, and to make sure that if you need hospital care whether it’s for a heart attack or a car accident or COVID-19, you can get it,” North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen said.
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