Gov. Roy Cooper extends alcohol curfew until Oct. 2

Gov. Roy Cooper participtes in a briefing at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C. Photo via NC Dept. of Public Safety

RALEIGH – Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order today extending the curfew on alcoholic beverage sales at restaurants until Oct. 2.

Executive Order 162 extends the limits on the sale of alcoholic drinks in what Cooper says will help continue to fight the spread of COVID-19. The order requires restaurants to end the sale of alcoholic beverages at 11 pm. 

“North Carolina has made good progress stabilizing our COVID-19 numbers, and this order will help us continue it,” said Gov. Cooper. “Now is the time to continue staying cautious and vigilant as we work to beat this pandemic.”

Local governments that have implemented orders that end alcohol sales before 11 pm or that apply to other entities remain in effect.

Today’s executive order comes on the heels of a report stating that gyms may be allowed to open later this week.

Cooper is expected to hold a media briefing tomorrow.