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As all else, NC’s inauguration festivities derailed by COVID-19

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Published: Dec. 24, 2020 at 9:59 AM EST
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Public inauguration festivities for North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and other statewide elected officials will be subdued for the second time in a row.

The coronavirus pandemic means an open-air swearing-in ceremony and inaugural parade otherwise slated for early next month are canceled. Cooper’s executive orders restricting mass gatherings prevent them from happening.

Neither event happened four years ago due to an approaching winter storm. Cooper’s administration is now assembling a low-key, televised event for Jan. 9 in which he and the other nine Council of State members can take their oaths.

The inaugural ball has also been postponed.

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