DARE Co., N.C. - Governor Cooper announced a stay at home order has been issued for North Carolina starting Monday at 5 p.m., in his press conference on Friday.
The order is currently set to go through April 29.
Gov. Cooper added that people can still do essential things like go to work, the grocery store, get exercise or help someone but to stay home as much as possible.
He said, "It has the force of law. This order directs you to stay home unless you need to leave home for essentials such as your job, food, medicine, outdoor exercise or to help someone. It bans gatherings of more than 10 people and directs everyone to stay at least six feet away from each other. This is known as social distancing but its really physical distancing."
Officials said the additional restrictions have been added to the State of Emergency issued for North Carolina earlier this month.
"Stay home, stay healthy" will begin Saturday, March 28 at 5 p.m.
It is being implemented to minimize opportunities for exposure and transmission of COVID-19 in Dare County.
Officials said in North Carolina, there are currently 764 cases of COVID-19 in 61 counties.There have also been three fatalities in the state associated with COVID-19 and there is now evidence of community wide spread in 31 of North Carolina’s 100 counties.