Comeback Shack sign

A sign on the front door of the Comeback Shack in Boone directs customers to the drive-thru as seen on Tuesday, March 17.

RALEIGH — Dine-in options for restaurants and bars across N.C. are closing statewide effective 5 p.m. on March 17 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to an executive order issued by Gov. Roy Cooper.

"Takeout and delivery orders can continue," a brief statement by Cooper's office said.

The order comes after many restaurants and dining establishments across the High Country, North Carolina and America were self-imposing similar policies in the last several days.

Additionally, the executive order will include "an expansion of unemployment benefits to help N.C. works affected by COVID-19," Cooper's announcement stated.

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