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House Republicans Call on Governor to End COVID-19 State of Emergency

Raleigh, NC – With the two-year anniversary of Gov. Cooper’s COVID-19 state of emergency declaration this Thursday, March 10th, the entire House Republican Caucus today sent a letter organized by Majority Leader John Bell to the Governor calling on him to end his emergency order and allow the state to move forward.


“After two years of executive orders that shut down businesses, restricted gatherings, closed schools, and mandated masks, the people of North Carolina are more than ready to move on,” the letter states. “As key metrics continue to fall and vaccines remain readily available to those who want one, there is no justification for a continued state of emergency."


The letter continues, “Simply put, there is no emergency. We urge you to immediately end your emergency order and allow our state to move forward.”


The full letter can be found online here and below.


Dear Governor Cooper,


March 10th marks two years since you issued Executive Order No. 116 to unilaterally put the citizens of North Carolina under a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


After two years of executive orders that shut down businesses, restricted gatherings, closed schools, and mandated masks, the people of North Carolina are more than ready to move on.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced it is dropping universal indoor mask recommendations, and school districts and local governments across our state are ending their mask mandates.


Furthermore, new cases have plummeted in the past month — from a 7-day average of approximately 22,000 a month ago to approximately 3,000. Hospitalizations are down from 5,089 a month ago to 1,618. As these key metrics continue to fall and vaccines remain readily available to those who want one, there is no justification for a continued state of emergency.


Simply put, there is no emergency. Yet, there is still no plan or exit strategy set forth by your Administration outlining how and when the nearly two-year state of emergency can be lifted.


The people of North Carolina should not have to live under the continued threat and uncertainty of new emergency executive actions and restrictions that have severely impacted and limited their lives for the past two years.


We urge you to immediately end your emergency order and allow our state to move forward.

Thank you for your time and attention to this important issue.


Sincerely,


Majority Leader John Bell

Speaker Tim Moore

Rep. Jay Adams

Rep. Dean Arp

Rep. Kristin Baker, MD

Rep. Hugh Blackwell

Rep. Jamie Boles

Rep. John Bradford

Rep. William Brisson

Rep. Mark Brody

Rep. Mike Clampitt

Rep. George Cleveland

Rep. Ted Davis, Jr.

Rep. Jimmy Dixon

Rep. Jeffrey Elmore

Rep. John Faircloth

Rep. Karl Gillespie

Rep. Ed Goodwin

Rep. Dudley Greene

Rep. Destin Hall

Rep. Kyle Hall

Rep. Bobby Hanig

Rep. Jon Hardister

Rep. Kelly Hastings

Rep. Julia Howard

Rep. Chris Humphrey

Rep. Pat Hurley

Rep. Frank Iler

Rep. Jake Johnson

Rep. Brenden Jones

Rep. Keith Kidwell

Rep. Donny Lambeth

Rep. Donnie Loftis

Rep. Pat McElraft

Rep. Jeffrey McNeely

Rep. Allen McNeill

Rep. Charlie Miller

Rep. Grey Mills

Rep. Tim Moffitt

Rep. Ben Moss

Rep. Erin Paré

Rep. Howard Penny

Rep. Ray Pickett

Rep. Larry Pittman

Rep. Mark Pless

Rep. Larry Potts

Rep. Reece Pyrtle

Rep. Dennis Riddell

Rep. David Rogers

Rep. Jason Saine

Rep. Wayne Sasser

Rep. John Sauls

Rep. Mitchell Setzer

Rep. Phil Shepard

Rep. Carson Smith

Rep. Sarah Stevens

Rep. Larry Strickland

Rep. John Szoka

Rep. John Torbett

Rep. Steve Tyson

Rep. Harry Warren

Rep. Sam Watford

Rep. Diane Wheatley

Rep. Donna White

Rep. David Willis

Rep. Matthew Winslow

Rep. Larry Yarborough

Rep. Lee Zachary

Rep. Jeff Zenger

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