CHARLOTTE – Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order closing all public schools and banning large gatherings in an attempt to slow the spread of the Wuhan virus in the Old North State. The ban, carrying a penalty of a misdemeanor for violators, rubbed a lot of people the wrong way, even if they, too, would avoid large gatherings and do their part to mitigate the effects of this virus. Others just plain thumbed their nose at the order.
From Charlotte Stories:
“[…] many Charlotteans continue to live their lives without any seeming changes, especially when it comes to eating and drinking out.
Last night Amos’ SouthEnd featured the 80s tribute band Kix with well over 100 old school rockers showing virtually no “social distancing” (many of whom were in the ‘high risk’ category).
Additionally, many of the restaurants and bars around Uptown Charlotte were packed over the weekend with thousands of Charlotteans celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in spite of all of the quarantine recommendations. […]”
Many church congregations cancelled mass in response to the governor’s orders, yet many kept their doors open for worshipers, too. Churches were not among the exceptions to the ban listed in the order, while shopping malls were.
Meanwhile, more cases of the Wuhan virus are popping up across North Carolina. A Target employee in Wake County has tested positive, as well as an elementary school teacher, and a dozen others. There are cases in more than a dozen counties in North Carolina, and South Carolina recently recorded its first death from the Wuhuan virus.
Current NC cases number in the 30s, but will most likely increase exponentially over the next two weeks. The surrealism of the current situation is palpable.