NC Gov. Roy Cooper Signs Executive Order to Enter Phase 1 Friday

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced Tuesday he signed an executive order to enter into Phase 1 of easing restrictions, which begins Friday, May 8 at 5 p.m.

"I want to be clear, North Carolina’s Stay At Home order will remain in place. But it will be modified to allow for more reasons for people to leave home and to allow for more commercial activity," Cooper said.

Cooper explained Phase 1 includes:

  • Modified stay at home order, but most businesses can open. 
  • Retail businesses can open at 50% capacity with frequent cleaning and social distancing.
  • Parks and trails are encouraged to reopen.
  • Certain businesses (including gyms, salons, bars, theaters) will remain closed.
  • Restaurants continue to be open to take-out and delivery only.
  • Gathering still limited to 10 people.
  • People will be able to socialize with friends as long as they are outdoors and they are socially distanced. 
  • Employers are still encourage to tele-work when possible.
  • Worship services of more than 10 people allowed outdoors if socially distanced
  • Summer camp and day camp is permitted under CDC guidelines, but no overnight camps are permitted

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