Commissioners Ask For Regional Approach To Reopening State

Commissioners Ask For Regional Approach To Reopening State

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners is hoping for a regional approach to reopening North Carolina’s economy.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the commissioners approved a new letter that will be sent to Gov. Roy Cooper asking that the area of North Carolina east of I-95 not be lumped in with the rest of the state — particularly larger, more populated counties — when it comes to lifting COVID-19 restrictions.

County Manager Craig Honeycutt read the letter to the board Tuesday.

Commissioner Ed Cromartie worried about the outcome of putting additional pressure on the governor for reopening the state before it’s safe.

County Board Chair Ray Mayo says there should not be a “one size fits all” approach to reopening the state.

Several other Eastern Carolina counties have approved similar letters and approaches to reopening the region’s economy, including Onslow, Jones, Carteret and Craven counties.

Click here to read the Wayne County Board’s latest letter to Gov. Roy Cooper