Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday announced that due to decreasing COVID-19 case and hospitalization numbers, the state will enter a new phase of pandemic restrictions on Friday, allowing up to 100% indoor occupancy in many locations
“North Carolina has done the work to slow the virus and get people vaccinated,” Cooper said. “These are significant changes, but they can be done safely.”
The changes include:
- 100% indoor and outdoor capacity at museums, aquariums, retail businesses, barber shops, salons and personal care stores
- 75% indoor and 100% outdoor capacity at restaurants, breweries and wineries, amusement parks, gyms and pools
- 50% indoor and outdoor capacity at conference centers, bars, sport arenas and live performance venues
- expansion of mass gatherings to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors
- elimination of 11 p.m. alcohol consumption curfew
The mask mandate is still in effect, according to Cooper.
“We want to strengthen our economy while keeping people safe,” he said.
Cooper warned that he could reverse the restrictions if the case numbers worsened, especially due to the COVID-19 variants. “The pandemic is not over yet,” he said. “We have to stay strong until the very end.”