On May 8, Governor Cooper began reopening the state with phase 1 of his three phase plan. Yesterday he announced that as of this Friday, May 22 at 5:00 pm North Carolina is ready to move into phase 2 of reopening.
The Governor refers to this as the "Safer-at-Home" phase of reopening. The stay-at-home order is lifted, but remaining safe at home is recommended, especially for people at high risk for serious illness. Teleworking is encouraged when possible.
While that doesn’t mean that North Carolina is going to snap back to normal this weekend, the list of activities deemed safe enough to engage in has increased.
Parents will be relieved to hear that summer camps and swimming pools are among the facilities that can now open.
The major changes include the following with enhanced distancing, cleaning and, in some cases, screening requirements.
- Restaurants can open for dine-in service at 50% capacity
- Personal care businesses such as nail salons and hairdressers can also open at 50% capacity
- Childcare facilities, day camps and overnight camps are allowed to open, also with enhanced health requirements
- Swimming pools may open at 50% capacity
Activities still prohibited in phase 1 include the following:
- Mass gatherings are limited to 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors
- Bars and night clubs will remain closed.
- Gyms and indoor fitness facilities remain closed.
- Indoor entertainment venues such as movie theaters, and bowling alleys will also remain closed.
The new executive order can be found here. It expires June 26.
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