Gov. Roy Cooper COVID 19 Update: Some North Carolina Businesses Allowed to Fully Reopen As Coronavirus Cases Plummet

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Gov. Roy Cooper COVID 19 Update: Some North Carolina Businesses Allowed to Fully Reopen As Coronavirus Cases Plummet


RALEIGH, North Carolina (WTVD) – Governor Roy Cooper has announced further easing of restrictions on COVID-19 in light of continued vaccination efforts and improved settings. “Our rapid and equitable distribution of vaccines and our continued progress with COVID-19 metrics tells us that we can move forward with easing restrictions if we do so safely,” Cooper said.
The alcohol curfew will be lifted from Friday, allowing restaurants and bars to sell adult drinks at any time, plus commercial capacity limits will be reduced – with some businesses allowed to reopen at 100% of their capacity.

Cooper said his next executive order will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, as he further eased restrictions statewide.

Retail stores, salons, museums and aquariums are some of the businesses that will be able to resume full capacity. However, physical distancing measures should remain in place inside these establishments.

“Masks and six feet of social distancing will always be needed,” Cooper said.

Other companies will be allowed to open at 75 or 50 percent of their capacity.

This includes restaurants, amusement parks, wineries, breweries and distilleries, recreational facilities such as bowling alleys, ice rinks and climbing centers, gymnasiums and fitness studios, and swimming pools.

“We are in a promising situation. With key COVID-19 metrics improving in North Carolina and increasing vaccinations, we can responsibly use our dimmer approach to ease restrictions driven by science and data, ”the secretary said on Tuesday. from NCDHHS, Dr Mandy Cohen.

Arenas and stadiums will be allowed to admit 50% of their capacity, as will bars, cinemas, arcades, tobacconists and nightclubs.

Decree 204 will also increase the limits on mass assembly. The number of people who can gather indoors will increase from 25 to 50 and the number of people who can gather outside will increase from 50 to 100.

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Cooper stressed that physical distance regulations must remain in place in all buildings in North Carolina, regardless of the building’s capacity category.

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