State orders restaurants, bars to close to dine-in patrons at 5 p.m. today; take-out, delivery still allowed

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Governor Roy Cooper will announce a new executive order today in response to COVID-19 that closes restaurants and bars for dine-in customers starting today at 5 p.m., but allows them to continue serving takeout and delivery orders.

The executive order will also include an expansion of unemployment insurance to help North Carolina workers affected by COVID-19, according to a brief statement issued Tuesday by the governor’s office.

More information about the order and other updates on North Carolina’s response to COVID-19 will be available at a media briefing at 2 p.m.

You can hear that briefing on Beach 104, Big 94.5, 99.1 The Sound and Classic Rock 92.3 and watch it here at OBX Today.

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