Restaurants and bars in North Carolina will no longer be allowed to offer dine-in service, Gov. Roy Cooper announced in a press release on Tuesday.
This executive order, expected to be announced Tuesday afternoon, goes into effect at 5 p.m. Take out and delivery can continue, and the order also expands unemployment insurance to help workers.
“We did not come to this decision easily, but North Carolina must keep fighting this pandemic with the right weapons," Cooper said at a press briefing Tuesday afternoon.
The governor recommended that people not over-purchase items at grocery stores, so people with limited incomes have access to supplies.
“Please know that grocery stores will remain open," Cooper said. "I know that there’s a natural tendency to stockpile food, but I urge people not to go overboard."