The group Reopen NC is planning a second protest in Raleigh Tuesday morning urging Governor Cooper to lift stay-at-home restrictions no later than May 1. The protest comes amid mounting pressure from some lawmakers and others to reopen the economy even as the number of new coronavirus infections continues to grow by the day.
As written, Cooper's stay-at-home order would expire on April 29, although he could chose to extend it. Cooper has said he needs to see progress in three key areas before he considers reopening the state.
Governor Cooper is expected to address the protest today at 2 p.m. during a Coronavirus Task Force COVID-19 briefing at the Joint Force Headquarters in Raleigh where he may also reveal more details about what social distancing restrictions will look like going into May.
Blue Ridge Public Radio will air the briefing live on both BPR Classic & BPR News. You can also view the stream here: https://www.ncdps.gov/storm-update