LONG OVERDUE: Cooper Announces Easing of Executive COVID Restrictions

RALEIGH – Almost one year after the first lockdown orders came from on high, Governor Roy Cooper is expected to announce a loosening of some of those arbitrary, mostly useless, and horribly damaging executive restrictions.

Governor Roy Cooper and NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen held a COVID briefing Wednesday to detail the changes:

The governor announced a new order lifting the previous ‘Modified Stay-at-Home’ order, and the statewide 10:00 PM curfew, beginning Friday.

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Capacity restrictions for myriad venues and businesses were slightly eased as well. For instance, private bars will allowed to open for indoor service (at 30% capacity) for the first time since this all started.

Here are the changes:

While this is the most significant reduction in restrictions since the onset of Pandemic Panic, it’s hardly a move to actually exit lockdown measures overall. Imagine, if you can, if you were ignorant of the last year’s events, that the governor is holding a press conference describing executive decrees that limit outdoor gatherings to 50 people, business capacities at 30 and 50 percent, and announcing the gracious lifting of a STATEWIDE CURFEW.

Predictably, the rules still don’t quite make sense.

You are now allowed to have up to 250 people in a bar, but only 50 people at your kid’s backyard birthday party…



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