NC Republicans urge Gov. Cooper to end COVID state of emergency

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — As COVID cases fall and masks fall off, life as we knew it is slowly returning.

A crowd of community members, local, national and state leaders attended Amgen’s Holly Springs groundbreaking Monday afternoon.

For the most part, everyone took off their masks.

“I think everyone is ready to move on,” State Representative Erin Pare (R-37) said.

Pare is one of 70 Republican state representatives who signed a letter Calling on Gov. Roy Cooper to end the COVID state of emergency imposed on March 10, 2020.

“I know parents are frustrated. Many people are ready to lead normal lives. One of the things we need to do is get more people vaccinated and empowered,” Gov. Cooper said.

Cooper also said part of this order will help ensure there are enough people to hand out COVID vaccines.

“Vaccines are very widely available for anyone who wants a vaccine. I think that’s another important point for this time for this emergency regulation to be over,” Pare said.

The State of Emergency, or Executive Order No. 116, also allows the state to seek federal assistance and access state emergency and disaster relief funds, among other things.

According to BallotpediaAs of Friday, COVID-19 emergency orders expired in 27 states and are active in 23 states.

CBS17’s Nick Sturdivant asked Cooper if there was an end date for the state of emergency.

“We’re working on it right now — yes,” Cooper said.

Cooper has told us he plans to work with lawmakers to make some permanent changes that are now included in his executive orders.

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