Groups that represent hospitals and doctors are pushing for Governor Roy Cooper to order a shelter-in-place.
But the North Carolina Chamber has said such an order should be a "last-ditch resort." And industries like real estate and construction want the governor to consider them essential during the coronavirus pandemic and allow them to keep running.
Betsy Bailey is a lobbyist for the group Carolinas Associated General Contractors. She argues commercial construction operations can practice social distancing, and keep their workers safe and healthy.
We need your help! The #construction industry and the work it performs is vital and essential to the critical industries that must remain in operation to respond to this pandemic and crises to come.
— Carolinas AGC (@CarolinasAGC) March 24, 2020
"Nobody that I could think of would jeopardize an entire project and their workforce just for their bottom line, just so they can keep the job open a couple more days," she said. "They're just not going to do that."
Some local governments across the state have issued their own stay-at-home directives. They generally only make exceptions for healthcare and service jobs, and activities like grocery shopping, exercising or seeking medical care.