NC executive order will limit number of customers in essential retailers

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday he will sign more executive orders as part of the North Carolina’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor has already signed several other executive orders including one to expand unemployment benefits and another which closed public schools through May 15.

Cooper said one order will help put “more guardrails on social distancing at essential retailers.”

Target and Walmart are among the stores limiting the number of customers inside at one time and this order falls in line to make those changes mandatory across the state.

“I know many stores have put limits on how many people can be in a store at once and this order will ensure those limits are mandatory across the state for retailers,” Cooper said.

Cooper said he expects to sign another order which would fast track child care for doctors, nurses and other health care workers.

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen said families that need financial support for childcare – they can find the form at ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus that they then bring to their selected childcare program.

“I am proud to share that we have created an Emergency Child Care Subsidy Program to support our essential workers. Through this new program – essential workers can get help finding childcare and get help paying for that child care,” Cohen said.

The governor said the state has received FEMA approval to set up housing alternatives such as hotels or dorm rooms for people now living in shelters who contract the virus and need to be quarantined.

“This has been a real problem for local governments and we’re glad we can help with this,” Cooper said.

Cooper also touched on his stay-at-home order – which is set to expire April 29. He said while social distancing appears to be working in slowing the spread, it is unknown if he will need to extend the order.

“We just don’t know yet,” Cooper said.

Tuesday’s comments come as 46 deaths across the state are being blamed on COVID-19. The state has 3,221 cases in 90 counties and 354 patients in the hospital, according to Cohen.

All 100 of North Carolina’s counties have declared a state of emergency.

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