RALEIGH – Well, Governor Roy Cooper resisted extending his Stay-at-Home order once more. It turns out he didn’t have to; the Stay-at-Home order remains in place through out Phase One of Cooper’s tepid reopening plan. So, what does that mean? It means that the first phase of government restoring your freedom doesn’t restore all that.
More businesses will be allowed to open; others must remain closed. More people can gather together; it still must be 10 or under. More people can pack into your local Wal-Mart; your church cannot hold a regular service, though.
What really changes as we enter Phase One? Not a whole lot according to Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) response:
“Gov. Cooper’s announcement today is largely a continuation of the existing lockdown. A statewide stay-at-home order still remains in place, and nearly every business that applied for essential status has already been operating at limited capacity so long as they practice social distancing. We were told ‘flattening the curve’ to prevent overloading hospitals justified a lockdown. Hospitals are not overloaded, and in fact they’re laying people off. So what is the theory to support this plan – eliminate infections or just delay them? Gov. Cooper apparently disagrees with Colorado’s Democratic governor and others who say that a continuing shutdown will not cause a peak in COVID-19 cases to be any less severe, it will only push it down the line.”
Berger’s perspective is understandable with a quick look at the comparison chart provided by the Cooper administration.
The benevolent dictator on Blount Street, will now allow you to leave your home for select commercial activity, or even to see your friends. You can even go to church outdoors, six feet apart, preferably never leaving your car.
This phase will be in place for at least two weeks, but that timeline merely signals Governor Cooper to reevaluate the arbitrary goal posts, personally determine if we’ve satisfied them, and only then will he loosen the screws on the North Carolina one increment more.
North Carolina, the First in Freedom State.