North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s office has announced that an executive order will be issued Tuesday, March 17, mandating that all bars and restaurants be closed for dine-in customers.

Restaurants will be allowed to continue to offer takeout and delivery service.

The order is expected to be made public at 2 p.m. and, according to the governor’s office, it will be effective beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17.

The order will be made public at a media briefing at 2 p.m., where more information about the order and other updates on North Carolina’s response to COVID-19 will be made available.

The 2 p.m. press conference can be viewed live at: