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Cooper signs order to ease capacity restrictions

Posted on March 23, 2021

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Gov. Roy Cooper and Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, trade places at the lectern during a press briefing on the COVID-19 virus and vaccine efforts on Dec. 30 at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh.

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Gov. Roy Cooper and Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, trade places at the lectern during a press briefing on the COVID-19 virus and vaccine efforts on Dec. 30 at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh.

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Gov. Roy Cooper said he’ll further ease COVID-19 restrictions on Friday as the state charts continued progress in vaccine distribution and reduced virus infection rates. 

“Strong safety protocols, including the mask mandate, will remain in place,” Cooper said during a Tuesday press conference. “It will be as important as ever to stay socially distanced and use good judgment.”

Cooper said North Carolina has done the work to slow the spread and get people vaccinated. He said while he’s grateful for the efforts residents have made across the state, it’s still important to remember that the pandemic isn’t over. 

“We’re only able to keep the virus in check while we ease restrictions if people act responsibly and follow safety protocols,” he said. “Our fast and fair vaccine distribution and our sustained progress with the COVID-19 metrics tell us we can move forward with easing restrictions if we do it safely.” 

The state has administered 4.1 million vaccine doses. Nearly 32% of North Carolinians 18 and older have received at least one dose and nearly 19% are fully vaccinated, according to state officials. Vaccine equity efforts are also part of the state’s priority. Officials say 18% of first doses were administered to Black North Carolinians, and 8% to Hispanic residents.

“We are in a promising place,” said Dr. Mandy Cohen, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services secretary. “With North Carolina’s COVID-19 key metrics improving and vaccinations increasing, we can responsibly use our dimmer switch approach to easing restrictions guided by science and data.” 

EXECUTIVE ORDERS 

Cooper announced a new executive order with three general categories for occupancy restrictions — up to 100% capacity, 75% capacity and 50% capacity. 

State officials say all businesses must continue to require 6 feet of distance between patrons and implement other safety protocols as they expand capacity. 

The order takes effect at 5 p.m. Friday and is set to expire on April 30. 

Part of the eased restrictions include an increase in capacity for mass gatherings. The number of people who can gather indoors will increase from 25 to 50 and the number of people who can gather outdoors will increase from 50 to 100. 

The order also lifts the restriction of late-night sale and service of alcoholic beverages on bars, restaurants and other establishments, according to state officials. 

100% CAPACITY

Subject to mask-wearing and 6-foot social distancing, the following venues can operate at up to 100% capacity:

• Museums and aquariums.

• Retail businesses.

• Salons, personal care and grooming businesses and tattoo parlors.

75% INDOORS, 100% OUTDOORS

Subject to mask-wearing and 6-foot social distancing, the following venues can operate at up to 75% capacity indoors, with outdoor venues and activities allowed to operate at full capacity: 

• Restaurants.

• Breweries, wineries and distilleries.

• Recreation facilities such as bowling, skating and rock-climbing centers.

• Fitness and physical activity facilities like gyms, yoga studios and fitness centers.

• Pools.

• Amusement parks. 

50% CAPACITY

Subject to mask-wearing and 6-foot social distancing, the following indoor and outdoor venues can operate at up to 50% capacity:

• Bars.

• Movie theaters and gaming facilities (may operate at up to 75% of capacity outdoors). 

• Meeting, reception and conference spaces lounges (including tobacco) and night clubs.

• Auditoriums, arenas and other venues for live performances.

• Sports arenas and fields (includes professional, collegiate and amateur).  

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