NC Governor Roy Cooper Vetoes GOP Bill To Open Gyms And Bars; Extends Phase 2 Restrictions Amid Increased Coronavirus Cases

June 24, 2020

NC Governor Roy Cooper extended Phase 2 stay at home restrictions via executive order amid an increase in COVID-19 Coronavirus cases across the United States and in North Carolina.

Phase 2 will stay in place until July 17, 2020 when the Governor has to decide on taking the state back to Phase 1, maintaining Phase 2, or going to Phase 3.

Under Phase 2, gyms, health clubs, and bars are prevented from opening, and under new rules, all NC residents must wear a face mask in public when social distancing is not an option.

Earlier in the month, Governor Cooper vetoed legislation brought to the table by GOP members who were fighting on behalf of bars and gyms. The executive order decision brought sharp rebuke by GOP members and Conservatives across the state who say that the U.S. Constitution forbids a Governor from decisions that are in conflict with the Constitution. Additionally, these groups see the decision as government overreach.

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