Message to the College on Coronavirus: Governor Cooper extends statewide curfew until January 29

NC Governor Roy Cooper announced today an extension of the statewide curfew that went into effect for North Carolinians and businesses on December 11. The extension will remain in effect at least until 5 p.m. on January 29.

The extended “modified stay at home order” requires people to stay home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., and most retail and entertainment businesses to close by 10 p.m. All on-site alcohol sales are required to end by 9 p.m.

Travel to and from work, to obtain food, medical care, fuel or social services, or to take care of a family member is exempted from the curfew.

“COVID-19 remains a deadly threat, and we’ve got to treat it that way,” Cooper said. “Simply put, don’t go places indoors where people aren’t wearing masks.”

According to the Governor’s new executive order, “between December 5 and December 18, over ninety percent of North Carolina counties were experiencing ‘substantial (orange)’ or ‘critical (red)’ COVID-19 community spread, according to the County Alert System developed by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, which evaluates a county's COVID-19 case counts, percent positives, and hospital capacity.”

The college encourages all community members to stay vigilant in maintaining all of our safety practices. Please keep wearing a facemask, practicing social distancing, washing your hands frequently, and monitoring yourself for any possible COVID-19 symptoms. Should you develop any symptoms or feel ill at all, please stay home and consult a physician.