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Tighter mask requirements now in effect in North Carolina

On Monday the governor tightened mask requirements.
On Monday the governor tightened mask requirements.(UNC-TV)
Published: Nov. 23, 2020 at 10:35 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 25, 2020 at 5:18 PM EST
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) - Governor Roy Cooper has announced an Executive Order that will tighten current mask requirements.

The order states that everyone needs to wear a mask whenever they are with someone who is not from the same household.

“The Order also adds the mask requirement to several additional settings including any public indoor space even when maintaining 6 feet of distance; gyms even when exercising; all schools public and private; and all public or private transportation when traveling with people outside of the household,” the governor’s office says.

In addition, retail businesses with more than 15,000 square feet need to have an employee stationed near entrances ensuring mask-wearing and implementing occupancy limits for customers.

The order began at 5 p.m. and will run until December 11th. You can click here for more details about the new order.

Two more Eastern Carolina counties now have red designations for COVID-19.

Bertie and Perquimans counties have joined Wilson County as red or critical counties.

Cooper announced that new data earlier today, giving county officials more time to react to the new designations.

The number of counties in “critical community spread” jumped from 10 to 20 from last week. Cooper says 42 other counties are in orange or substantial community spread.

Pitt County and Jones County went from yellow to orange on the new map.

This map shows county hot spots for the coronavirus.
This map shows county hot spots for the coronavirus.(NCDHHS)

“This is deadly serious,” the governor said.

The new restrictions came as COVID-19 cases hit another daily all-time high on Sunday.

The Department of Health and Human Services said there were 4,514 new cases on Sunday.

It comes as more people are getting tested ahead of Thanksgiving. Monday morning, cars were lined up out into the street at the testing site at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

Around 8:00 a.m. vehicles were lined up down Stantonsburg Road nearly to the Food Lion shopping center. Since then the hospital has made changes in the line-up queue to help keep that from happening.

Earlier this month the governor limited indoor gatherings to just 10 people and said if numbers don’t get better that new restrictions were possible.

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