King Cooper Bans Alcohol Sales Statewide After 11PM

N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper gives an update on the state's response to COVID-19 during an afternoon news conference at the State of North Carolina's Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

RALEIGH – The pattern holds. Governor Roy Cooper strongly urged people to not work around his previous decrees to socialize; free men and women thought better of letting Cooper micromanage their lives; and, so Cooper throws a hissy fit, like a petulant child indignant that people won’t obey his suggestions, and summarily issues an edict to criminalize the behavior he’s arbitrarily deemed taboo.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Governor Cooper announced that because he’d received reports of people crowding into restaurants to patronize their bar — you know, because Cooper has decreed that bars be closed for months now — he was issuing an executive order to ban the sale of alcohol after 11:00 PM in such venues as restaurants, distilleries, and breweries.

Reportedly, both Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and State Treasurer Dale Folwell attested that Governor Cooper did NOT get, or even ask for, concurrence from the Council of State in issuing this executive order. Such concurrence is required by law, which is why Forest has filed a lawsuit against Cooper for repeatedly ignoring the requirement.

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Asserted Cooper:

“Slowing the spread of this virus requires targeted strategies that help lower the risk of transmission. This will be particularly important as colleges and universities are scheduled to start, bringing people all over the country to our state. We have seen case numbers increase among younger people, and prevention is critical to slowing the spread of the virus.”

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So now those college students will….leave the restaurant bar, hit the convenience store (because grocery and convenience stores are exempt), and then cram into their dorm rooms, apartments, and frat houses to carry on.

As deluded as Cooper may be that he is acting for the common good, this seems to be far more about compliance than it is about actually slowing the spread of the virus. The silver lining here is probably that, with new cases being registered by more and more young people, we are getting closer and closer to an actual point of natural exhaustion for this virus.

Young people, mind you, do not typically suffer the worst symptoms of the coronavirus. Many won’t even know they have it, most of the rest will endure a mild illness and recover quickly, according to the ‘science and data.’ Aren’t we glad that it’s younger people filling up the new cases, and not older, more vulnerable people?

Still, this is about Cooper’s subjects obeying his commands more than it is about tangible public health results.

The order also extends to PRIVATE EVENTS AND WEDDINGS. Better wrap up those raucous receptions early as to not give offense to King Cooper.

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