North Carolina extends stay-home order

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says the state’s stay-at-home order from COVID-19 will remain in place for at least another two weeks because current data doesn’t support loosening restrictions that began in mid-March.

The Democratic governor said this and other prohibitions on dine-in restaurant services and mass assemblies have now been extended until May 8. The stay-at-home order was supposed to expire next week.

Cooper also unveiled a three-phase plan for reopening based on expanded tracing and testing and declining case growth.

Republican governors in Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia this week announced they would ease restrictions so that some nonessential businesses could open.

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