Gov. Roy Cooper on Saturday issued an executive order closing all K-12 public schools in North Carolina for at least two weeks as the coronavirus continues to spread through the state.
“Many parents are choosing to keep their parents home from school,” he said during a Saturday afternoon press conference. “We need a statewide response and statewide action.”
Cooper said he knows the order will be difficult for many parents and students, particularly hourly-wage earning parents and children who get most of their meals at school.
“We are working on efforts to deal with those challenges,” the governor said. “Hindsight is 20/20, I don’t want any regrets in our rear view mirror.”
The executive order also prohibits gatherings of more than 100 people anywhere in the state.
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