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Cooper orders food, beverage sale limits and broadens unemployment benefits

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By Tamara Browning | Mar 23, 2020

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Pictured is a sign in North Carolina reporting the website for information on COVID-19. | Wikimedia Commons

Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order on March 17 that will broaden unemployment insurance benefits while limiting operations of restaurants and bars in North Carolina.

Executive Order 118 is in response to the new coronavirus global pandemic.

The order limits the sale of food and beverages to carry-out, drive-thru and delivery. It also ensures that employees who lose their jobs, have their hours reduced or can’t work because of COVID-19 will be eligible for unemployment benefits, said the executive order.

“$3.9 billion in Unemployment Trust Fund Balance and disaster readiness policy reforms are in place for North Carolina to activate with emergency measures” for families economically affected by COVID-19 response," Sen. Vickie Sawyer (R-Moorseville) said in a Facebook post. “The General Assembly changed state law in 2017 to ensure benefits paid during federal disaster declarations may be provided without waiting a week or without showing the usually required job search." 

Executive Order 116 issued on March 10 declared a state of emergency in North Carolina. Subsequent executive orders called for such actions as closing K-12 public schools to limit COVID-19’s spread (No. 117), according to Executive Order 118.

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