Gov. Roy Cooper announced during a press conference Wednesday afternoon that he will pause the state’s reopening plan and require face coverings to be worn in public.
Instead of moving into Phase 3 of the reopening plan, the state will continue the “Safer at Home Phase 2” for another three weeks, Cooper announced.
“This is not where we planned to be, or wanted to be. But it is one of two important decisions that we need to make to effectively fight this disease,” Cooper said.
“The other important decision is requiring face coverings when people are out in public. People must wear face coverings when in public places, indoors or outdoors, where physical distancing of 6 feet from other people who aren’t in the same household or residence isn’t possible.
“They will be required for all employees and customers of retail businesses and restaurants as well as workers in manufacturing, construction, meat processing and agriculture settings.
“There are exceptions including people with medical conditions and children under 11, people who are at home and people who are walking or otherwise exercising outside when not within six feet of others.”
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