RALEIGH — The office of Gov. Roy Cooper said his daughter did not have a wedding — large or small — over the weekend despite social media rumors to the contrary.
For some reason, people have wondered over the internet whether the event happened, which may have been in violation of the governor's coronavirus restrictions.
Cooper and his wife, Kristin, have three grown daughters. Their oldest daughter, Claire, is engaged.
And as of Monday, she was still that way.
Cooper spokesperson Sadie Weiner tweeted as much.
Cooper's office also confirmed that there was no wedding.
"The internet is full of breathless accusations that Gov. Cooper's daughter got married in a huge event over the weekend. It's not true. It was never true. There was no wedding, big or small. Can we all go back to focusing on slowing the deadly virus that's circulating?" Weiner tweeted.
If there had been a wedding, the state's Phase 3 restrictions — which Cooper has mandated — limit indoor gatherings to 10 people and outdoor gatherings to 25 people.
The requirements don't apply to worship, religious gatherings, funeral ceremonies and wedding ceremonies, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Still, guests are asked to follow social distancing and mask guidelines.
With COVID-19 infections rising, Cooper issued an executive order Monday with tough language on enforcing the statewide mask mandate.
The newly reelected Democrat said he does not want the state to go “backward” by shutting down businesses or schools. Instead, he's holding out hope that increased compliance with existing health guidelines will stabilize the worsening trends.
“Our numbers are going up, but things are not on fire yet," Cooper said in a news conference.