North Carolina Extends Stay-Home Order, Develops Reopen Plan

North Carolina Extends Stay-Home Order, Develops Reopen Plan

3:47pm Apr 23, 2020
Counter-protesters stand as people with ReopenNC demonstrate in Raleigh, N.C., to press Gov. Roy Cooper to allow businesses to reopen during the COVID-19 outbreak Tuesday, April 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

North Carolina’s governor is extending the state’s stay-home order by about a week while also creating a phased plan to gradually reopen businesses.

Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday that he will extend his stay-home order that also restricts non-essential businesses until May 8. It had previously been set to run through April 29.

The Democrat is resisting pressure to move faster even as some other southern states have already taken steps to open more businesses.

Cooper said the phased plan for reopening would depend on increased testing and contact tracing, along with a downward trend in COVID-19 cases.

Cooper said the state is flattening the curve but that it’s not time to lift restrictions yet.

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