Governor Roy Cooper has announced that a new executive order will go into effect next week that will require stricter social distancing guidelines for stores that are remaining open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the new executive order, stores cannot exceed 20 percent of fire capacity or five people for every 1,000 square feet at any given time. Stores must also have 6-foot markers at areas like checkout lines and must perform frequent cleaning and disinfection throughout the open store hours. In addition to all of this, the executive order will also encourage that all stores have specific shopping hours for seniors and at-risk people as well as have hand sanitizer accessible for all shoppers. Cooper has also asked that stores use shields for employees at checkout and limit aisles to one-way traffic.
It goes into effect Monday at 5 p.m.