With coronavirus (COVID-19) cases somewhat stabilizing, but still too high, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said that effective Friday, July 31, alcohol sales from restaurants in North Carolina must stop at 11 p.m.
“To drive down numbers and continue our trends moving in the right direction, we’re announcing today a statewide curfew on the sale of alcohol at restaurants,” Cooper said. “Effective this Friday, July 31, restaurants must stop selling alcoholic drinks after 11 pm. Bars will remain closed.”
To drive down numbers and continue our trends moving in the right direction, we're announcing today a statewide curfew on the sale of alcohol at restaurants. Effective this Friday, July 31, restaurants must stop selling alcoholic drinks after 11 pm. Bars will remain closed.
The measure comes as several states and cities are issuing similar mandates, as concerns rise that many restaurants were functioning essentially as bars in later hours, with larger crowds and less social distancing.
This will be particularly important as colleges and universities are scheduled to start, bringing people all over the country to our state. We've seen case numbers increase among younger people, and prevention is critical to slowing the spread of the virus.
“As of today we have more than 116,000 lab-confirmed cases; 1,749 new cases since yesterday; 1,244 people in the hospital; and, sadly, 1,820 people who have died,” Cooper said.
GALLERY: Coronavirus Around the World
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 23: Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two run homerun off of Conner Menez #51 of the San Francisco Giants, to take an 8-1 lead during the eighth inning, on MLB Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on July 23, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. The 2020 season had been postponed since March due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 23: Cardboard cutouts of Los Angeles Dodgers fans are seen in seats before the Opening Day game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 23, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. The 2020 season had been postponed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 23: San Francisco Giants first base coach Alyssa Nakken speaks with Brandon Crawford #35 before the Opening Day game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 23, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. The 2020 season had been postponed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 23: San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler stands in the dugout during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Opening Day game at Dodger Stadium on July 23, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. The 2020 season had been postponed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 23: Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants watches a pop fly as he wears a mask during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on MLB Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on July 23, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. The 2020 season had been postponed since March due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 24: A young child and man wearing masks are seen riding a bicycle and scooter respectively in Southbank on July 24, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Face masks or face coverings are now mandatory for anyone leaving their homes in the Melbourne metropolitan area or the Mitchell Shire. The new rule went into effect on Thursday 23 July, and anyone failing to wear a mask in public can receive a $200 fine. Metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell shire remain in lockdown due to the rise in COVID-19 cases through community transmissions, with residents in lockdown areas under stay at home orders until 19 August. People are only able to leave home have for exercise or work, to buy essential items including food or to access childcare and healthcare. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
HONG KONG, CHINA - JULY 24: Swab sample is collected from a taxi driver by a medical professional for Covid-19 test at a makeshift testing station in a parking ramp on July 24, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Hong Kong reported another record-breaking 123 new Covid-19 cases and posted city's 16th related death on Friday as Health Authorities said the situation is heading towards an uncontrollable scenario. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)
GENOA, ITALY - JULY 24: Recovered Coronavirus patient Remo Giacometti, 72-years-old, is comforted by a medical staff as he uses an exercise bike at the Department of Rehabilitative Cardiology of ASL 3 Genova on July 24, 2020 in Genoa, Italy. Remo, who has been an underwater diver for many years, suffers from respiratory diseases that force him to use an oxygen cylinder to breathe. Because of Covid-19 he remained in hospital for three months. There is an estimated 14 million confirmed Coronavirus cases worldwide, with a reported 8 million recovering patients. In 80 percent of COVID-19 cases, recovery is complicated, leaving physical and psychological consequences that do not easily subside or allow survivors to return to normal life. The first Covid veterans gym, a project of Genoa's ASL 3 and rehabilitation cardiology department directed by cardiologist Piero Clavario, aims to address this. Designed to reactivate the heart, muscles and lungs, the gyms rehabilitation process gives patients a 2-month protocol, overseen by a staff of four doctors, three nurses, one psychologist and a physiotherapist. Of approximately 700 patients who were previously hospitalized with Covid, 100 patients were selected to participate in the gym, with the first 12 patients now six weeks into their rehabilitation process. Treatment is designed to combat numerous effects of the disease. Half of all patients hospitalized for Covid will be left with lung fibrosis, causing difficulty breathing. The nervous system is also affected as evidenced by the loss of taste and smell. Meanwhile 80 percent of patients suffer cognitive impairments such as memory loss and orientation difficulties, 40 percent show symptoms of depression and others experience chronic fatigue and rapid weight loss. (Photo by Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 24: Shoppers wear face masks in central Manchester on July 24, 2020 in Manchester, England. From today, consumers in the United Kingdom must wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces including shops, takeaways and public transport hubs. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - JULY 24: People wear protective masks as they watch a movie in 3D at a theatre on the first day they were permitted to open on July 24, 2020 in Beijing, China. Cinemas in China's capital city re-opened after being closed for six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday. Under strict local health regulations cinemas are now allowed to sell tickets at 30 percent capacity, must adhere to social distancing measures, and all moviegoers must undergo a temperature check and show their local health code app in order to enter. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
ULMEN, GERMANY - JULY 24: Vine, a specially trained explosives detection dog wearing special dog sunglasses and his dog handler, Bundeswehr member Giulia Gauselmann are seen at the Bundeswehr, the German armed forces, at the Bundeswehr center for dog training during the novel coronavirus pandemic on July 24, 2020 in Ulmen, Germany. German Bundeswehr announced that they are cooperating with the Tieraerztliche Hochschule Hannover veterinary school to train dogs to detect Covid-19 through their sense of smell in saliva samples from humans. The training program is still in its early phase. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - JULY 24: A line of vehicles is seen as people wait to receive food at a drive-thru food distribution site set up at the First Church of the Brethren on July 24, 2020 in Miami, Florida. 500 boxes of food were donated by Farm Share for those in need to help people trying to make ends meet during the pandemic. The United States economic recovery is showing signs of weakness as a renewed outbreak of COVID-19 has caused some business owners to lay employees off again, four months after the initial outbreak of coronavirus in March. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
CALEXICO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 24: Faustino (R), who is currently unemployed, waits in a socially distanced line to enter a bookkeeping shop near the U.S.-Mexico border in Imperial County, which has been hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, on July 24, 2020 in Calexico, California. Faustino filled out unemployment forms inside the shop. Unemployment claims in California have reached their highest levels in almost three months with surging coronavirus cases upending plans to reopen the economy. Imperial County currently suffers from the highest death rate and near-highest infection rate from COVID-19 in California. The rural county, which is 85 percent Latino, borders Mexico and Arizona and endures high poverty rates and air pollution while also being medically underserved. In California, Latinos make up about 39 percent of the population but account for 55 percent of confirmed coronavirus cases. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)