N.C., Iowa, Minn. announce new COVID-19 restrictions


North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper takes the final question during a press briefing on the COVID-19 virus on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP)

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UPDATED 10:31 AM PT – Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Multiple states are issuing new coronavirus restrictions as cases continue to rise. On Tuesday, the governors of North Carolina, Iowa and Minnesota held press conferences in which they provided updates on their COVID-19 responses.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) said during his conference that the state will stay in phase three of reopening plans for at least three more weeks. Cooper also announced he will be reducing the limit on indoor gatherings.

“As you can see, these numbers are too high,” he stated. “Considering our trends and cooler weather driving events indoors, North Carolina will remain paused in our current phase three and we will adjust our indoor gathering limit down from 25 to 10 people.”

This week, North Carolina reached a record-high seven day average for new coronavirus cases after topping over 2,400.

Meanwhile, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) issued a number of new restrictions, including a mask mandate for indoor gatherings surpassing 25 people and 100 people for outdoor events.

Additionally, patrons and employees in places such as barbershops, hair salons and tattoo parlors will be required to wear masks at all times. Anyone who breaks those masking rules is eligible for misdemeanor charges.

Reynolds said she doesn’t want to close down businesses. However, she asked employers to look into options that allow their employees to work from home, while stressing the importance of virus mitigation efforts in the workplace.

“Reducing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace is also critical,” she stated. “While many employers have extended work from home status, I am also ordering all employers again to evaluate if more individuals can work remotely and enable them to do so.”

A customer sits at a bar, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, at a Bloomington, Minn., restaurant. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced restrictions that bars and restaurants will be required to end dine-in service between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., beginning Friday in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) also announced new restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings. The new restrictions will place a 10 person limit on private social gatherings and will limit funerals as wellas wedding receptions to 50 people.

Bars and Restaurants will also be reduced to 50 percent capacity or a 150 person limit, whichever is less people. Walz said it’s highly imperative those new measures are followed as cases continue to rise in the state.

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