North Carolina Easing COVID-19 Restrictions
Starting on Friday, February 26, at 5 PM, North Carolina will ease many restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. North Carolina’s Governor, Roy Cooper, announced his plans for Executive Order No. 195 on Wednesday to get rid of the statewide stay-at-home order, among other things.
The decision for Executive Order No. 195 follows recent reports that COVID-19 numbers have decreased, and vaccine distribution has increased.
Over 1.5 million North Carolinians have gotten at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, which is around 12.7% of the State’s population. These reports also show that many COVID-19 related trends such as confirmed cases and hospitalizations are decreasing.
What is Changing?
Executive Order No. 195 lifts the stay-at-home order placed on North Carolinians which required businesses to close and people to stay home between 10 PM and 5 AM.
The limit on indoor gatherings increases from 10 people to 25.
Alcohol sales for onsite consumption have extended from 9 PM to 11 PM.
An increased capacity for businesses.
Executive Order No. 195 allows some businesses to open up at 30% capacity and others to open up at a 50% capacity.
Businesses allowed to open at 30% capacity:
- Conference Spaces
- Night Clubs
- Indoor areas within Amusement Parks
- Movie Theaters
- Entertainment Facilities
- Sports Arenas/Fields
These businesses may not exceed 250 people except for large indoor event venues if they follow additional safety measures and limit their capacity to 15%.
Businesses allowed to open at 50% capacity:
- Fitness/Physical Activity Facilities
- Retail Stores
- Outdoor areas within Amusement Parks
Governor Cooper still advises everyone to remain cautious and keep their guard up. Wearing a mask and social distancing in most places is still required. Washing your hands is encouraged.
To learn more about North Carolina’s Executive Order No. 195, click here.
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