RALEIGH – When people didn’t mind Governor Roy Cooper’s initial suggestions regarding limiting crowd sizes and staying away from restaurants and bars, he signed an executive order making compliance mandatory under penalty of a misdemeanor. When that wasn’t enough, the governor followed the bandwagon in closing all but government sanctioned essential businesses and blanketed the entire state with a ‘Stay-at-Home’ order.
But Cooper is not satisfied with your choices during those essential trips to the grocery or convenience store for supplies, or the runs to the myriad other businesses deemed essential enough to keep their doors open. You’re too close, violating his social distancing decree, and, so, he’s tightening his grip.
“[…] Under the new order, stores cannot exceed 20 percent of fire capacity or five people for every 1,000 square feet at any given time.
North Carolina-based retailer, Harris Teeter, already announced earlier this week that it has begun reducing the number of people who can enter their stores.
Stores must also have 6-foot markers at congregation areas like checkouts and must perform frequent cleaning and disinfection.
Additionally, the executive order will encourage that all stores have shopping hours for seniors and at-risk people as well as have hand sanitizer accessible for shoppers. The governor asks that stores use shields for employees at checkout and limit aisles to one-way traffic. […]”
The tighter controls on citizen movements and assembly is the natural progression of an authoritarian impetus that was initiated at the first submission to these liberty-violating orders. Many citizens and businesses are already practicing such measures, or reasonably similar solutions, because personal freedom and responsibility is what is going to bring public health from the brink.
The new mandate takes effect Monday at 5:00 PM. The order also includes changes for nursing homes and adjustments to make it easier for employers to file batches of unemployment claims for employees they must lay off…because these orders.
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