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Gov. Roy Cooper announces statewide mask requirement, delays Phase 3 of reopening for at least 3 weeks

Gov. Roy Cooper announces statewide mask requirement, delays Phase 3 of reopening for at least 3 weeks | 25 June 2020 |  Gov. Roy Cooper (D) on Wednesday issued a mandatory mask requirement across North Carolina and ordered a "pause" on easing any other restrictions as infections rates and the number of hospitalizations continue to climb. The mask mandate will go into effect Friday at 5 p.m. The two actions announced at an afternoon news conference could further inflame rising tensions between the governor and the Republican-led General Assembly, and several business owners in the fitness and entertainment industries.