RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Governor Roy Cooper said he will sign an executive order Tuesday that will further relax COVID-19 restrictions, including increasing maximum occupancy in some companies.
“Strong security protocols, including the mask mandate, remain in place. It will still be important to stay socially aloof and develop good judgment, ”said Cooper.
Museums, aquariums, retail stores and stores, hairdressers / salons / personal care stores can be at 100 percent capacity.
Restaurants, breweries and wineries, entertainment areas as well as gyms and pools can be used up to 75 percent.
Bars, sports arenas, and other live venues can be 50 percent busy.
All of these facilities still require masks and 6 feet of social distance, and Cooper said some of them may not be able to meet the maximum occupancy allowed by the order.
From Friday, the curfew for alcohol consumption will be lifted on site at 11 p.m.
The bulk gathering limit, which covers other types of gatherings not otherwise specified in the order, will be increased to 50 indoors and 100 outdoors.
“These are significant changes, but they are safe to make. We’ve been saying all along that the science and data would be our guide to this dimmer switch approach and they show that we can do it, ”he said.
The ordinance comes into force on March 26th.
“This virus and its contagious variants are still spreading and we may need to be even more careful as we relax restrictions as we will likely come into contact with more people as we leave our homes and go to public places,” said Cooper.
Dr. Mandy Cohen of the State Department of Health and Human and Services said 31.7 percent of North Carolinians over the age of 18 have been partially vaccinated against the virus.
According to Cohen, 18.8 percent are fully vaccinated.