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Cooper to ease restrictions as COVID-19 cases decline

Posted on February 24, 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.

Robert Willett | The News & Observer via AP

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 says he’ll start easing COVID-19 restrictions on Friday following a sustained decrease in new cases and hospitalizations.

The statewide mask mandate remains in effect.

“Today’s action is a show of confidence and trust, but we must remain cautious,” Cooper said during a Wednesday news conference. “People are losing their loved ones each day. We must keep up our guard. Many of us are weary, but we cannot let the weariness win. Now is the time to put our strength and resilience to work so that we can continue to turn the corner and get through this.”

Cooper’s modified stay-at-home order — an overnight curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. — will be lifted on Friday. Alcohol sales for on-site consumption will be extended to 11 p.m. under the governor’s new executive order, which takes effect at 5 p.m. Friday and runs through March 26.

Capacity limit for indoor gatherings will increase from 10 to 25, while 50 people will remain the maximum attendance for outdoor gatherings. Some businesses, including bars and amusement parks, will be able to serve customers indoors while adhering to new occupancy restrictions. 

Many businesses, venues and arenas will have increased occupancy both indoors and outdoors.

“Easing these restrictions will only work if we keep protecting ourselves and others from this deadly virus,” Cooper said. “The order and our own common sense say that health and safety protocols must remain in place.”

Cooper said it’s vital to keep doing what works — practicing social distancing, washing hands frequently and wearing a mask or face covering.

Following are the new capacity limits for North Carolina businesses that will take effect Friday.

30% CAPACITY

The following businesses are limited to 30% of maximum fire code capacity with an overall cap of 250 people in indoor spaces:

• Bars.

• Meeting, reception and conference spaces.

• Lounges (including tobacco) and nightclubs.

• Indoor areas of amusement parks.

• Movie theaters.

• Entertainment facilities, including bingo parlors and gaming establishments.

• Sports arenas, fields and other venues. Indoor event venues with more than 5,000 seats may be exempted from the 250-person limit and allowed up to 15% of capacity if they follow additional safety measures.

50% CAPACITY

• Restaurants.

• Breweries, wineries and distilleries.

• Fitness and physical activity facilities, including gyms, bowling alleys and rock-climbing facilities.

• Pools.

• Museums and aquariums.

• Retailers.

• Outdoor areas of amusement parks.

• Salons, personal care businesses and tattoo parlors.

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