Cooper to announce mask mandate in state

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is expected to announce a new order that will make the use of face coverings and masks mandatory in the state to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). He is expected to make the declaration at a 3 p.m. news conference in Raleigh.

Harnett County State Senator Jim Burgin told The Daily Record, he received the information from a member of Gov. Cooper’s staff.

“He’s going to make masks mandatory today,” Burgin said. “He’s going to say the numbers are up and it’s been proven masks help slow the virus.”

Burgin also said the governor is expected to loosen some restrictions as the state heads into what has been called Phase 2.5.

The press conference can be seen online at ncdps.gov/storm-update.

This story will be updated as information becomes available.

Rick Curl can be reached at rcurl@mydailyrecord.com or 910-230-2037.

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