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Attorney General Josh Stein to Event Organizers: Do the Right Thing for North Carolinians’ Safety

For Immediate Release:
Thursday, March 12, 2020

(RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein today released the following statement to event venues, organizers, and performers after Gov. Roy Cooper recommended that large gatherings be canceled or postponed to minimize the spread of coronavirus in North Carolina:

“I’m asking event organizers in North Carolina to do the right thing: please cancel or reschedule your events and refund consumers appropriately.

“I’m also asking venues, performers, and businesses to refund customers who are exercising caution by choosing not to attend large gatherings. Customers who are prioritizing their health and the health of their loved ones should not lose money in this rapidly-changing situation. I urge you to treat North Carolinians fairly and respectfully during this time. I also recognize the damaging impact this crisis is having on businesses, and my office and I are willing to discuss with event organizers how to best resolve particular situations.

“While North Carolina is under a state of emergency, our price gouging law is in effect. I will work to hold any business accountable that tries to harm consumers by charging too much for goods and services. If you are concerned about price gouging or being treated unfairly by a business, please file a complaint with my office at or 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.”

Laura Brewer (919) 716-6484


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