Roy Cooper

Gov. Roy Cooper

RALEIGH — N.C. Governor Roy Cooper has added prevention measures in the battle against COVID-19, which has taken the lives of nearly 1,900 residents across the state in 2020, with Executive Order 153 stopping the sale of alcoholic drinks in restaurants, breweries, wineries, and distilleries at 11 p.m., according to a report from his Office.

North Carolina bars that are currently closed will remain closed. This order will takes effect Friday, July 31.

“Slowing the spread of this virus requires targeted strategies that help lower the risk of transmission,” said Governor Cooper in a statement. “This will be particularly important as colleges and universities are scheduled to start, bringing people all over the country to our state. We have seen case numbers increase among younger people, and prevention is critical to slowing the spread of the virus.”

The Order will not apply to grocery stores, convenience stores or other entities permitted to sell alcohol for off-premises consumption. Local governments that have implemented orders that end alcohol sales before 11 pm or that apply to other entities remain in effect.

NC DHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen gave an update on North Carolina’s data trends. Dr. Cohen explained that while North Carolina’s numbers appear to be stabilizing, officials need more time to watch the data and current levels of cases and hospitalizations remain high.

“Seeing glimmers of potential progress does not mean we can let up — it means it’s time to double down,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, MD, said in the statement. “The positive signs in our trends should only strengthen our resolve to keep at it with those 3 Ws — wear a face covering, wait six feet apart, and wash your hands often.”