Well, you read that correctly, we are about to go back to the beginning. For most of us, COVID has us feeling like we are living in the twilight zone and everything is on repeat. On Tuesday he announced during a press conference that we are going back to the same restrictions from around Memorial Day starting this Friday.
“As cases across the country continue to rise, we’ve seen rapid increases in our key metrics here in North Carolina,” Cooper said during a news conference. “Our case counts have broken single-day records on three separate days in just the last week, and the percent of tests returning positive has increased to more than 10 percent.”
Due to the increase of COVID cases in North Carolina, non-essential businesses like gyms, restaurants, and retail will close at 10 p.m. nightly, and allow them to reopen at 5 a.m. The new restrictions also include moving the alcohol curfew to 9 p.m. — two hours earlier than the previous curfew of 11 p.m. The order is set to expire post-New Year on Jan. 8.
Whew, yall have truly done it now. The new time for the curfew is going to alter a lot of businesses. Most businesses were operating up to 11 pm to make the best of the new alcohol curfew. Cooper feels that the gatherings with alcohol are the gatherings that are helping the spread of the virus.
North Carolina residents are recommended to stay at home and work from home whenever possible.
“This order aims to limit gatherings and get people home where they’re safer,” Cooper said. Face coverings continue to be required in all indoor public settings.
Tuesday’s news conference follows a week in which the number of positive COVID-19 cases surpassed 6,000 for the first time and an almost daily new record of hospitalizations.