Governor's Office Statement in Response to Lieutenant Governor


Sadie Weiner, spokesperson for Governor Roy Cooper, shared the following statement after Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest challenged the Governor's authority to close restaurants and bars with the exception of takeout and delivery due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It's one thing to disagree, it's another to create a chaotic situation in the middle of a pandemic. The Governor is taking action to protect the health and safety of North Carolinians and does not need concurrence. The Governor and the Secretary of DHHS have the authority to do this under state public health and emergency powers law."