Restaurant Association Expects Governor to Announce Phase 2 to Begin Friday

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Restaurants across North Carolina are preparing to open their dining rooms to customers for the first time in over two months as Governor Roy Cooper is expected to announce Wednesday that the state will begin Phase 2 of his coronavirus reopening plan this week. 

According to the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA), the Department of Health and Human Services has issued guidance as part of the Phase 2 reopening procedure. A spokesperson for the NCRLA confirmed to WCNC Charlotte they anticipate Cooper to make the announcement Wednesday that Phase 2 will begin on Friday, May 22. 

Governor Cooper and the state COVID-19 task force have a press conference scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday. 

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