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WEB EXCLUSIVE ICYMI, Gov. Roy Cooper eased even more COVID restrictions last week thanks to the increasing number of adults getting vaccinated across the state (about half of NC adults are partially vaccinated, and almost 40% are fully vaccinated) and the reduced risk of transmission of COVID-19 in outdoor settings.
Cooper still anticipates lifting mandatory capacity, mass gathering and social distancing restrictions by June 1, and as soon as at least two-thirds of adults are vaccinated with at least one dose, he’ll ease restrictions even further.
“North Carolina is able to continue moving forward thanks to people rolling up their sleeves to get their vaccine,” Cooper tweeted April 29. “The more we encourage our friends and family members to get vaccinated, the sooner we can put this virus behind us. We’ve already shown that North Carolinians are made of tough stuff. Together we are going to get through this.”
Here are the current restrictions, which went into effect April 30 and will remain in effect until at least June 1.
- Masks are no longer mandated outdoors (masks are still required in indoor public places, however, until at least two-thirds of NC adults are vaccinated).
- Mass gathering limits have increased to 100 people indoors and 200 outdoors. Larger venues can apply to get approval for higher capacity on a case-by-case basis.
- Social distancing and capacity limits for certain businesses are still in place:
- Museums and aquariums, retail businesses, salons, personal care and grooming businesses, and tattoo parlors can operate at 100% capacity (but are still subject to social distancing).
- Restaurants, breweries, wineries, distilleries, gyms and other fitness centers and studios, pools, and amusement parks may operate at 75% capacity indoors and 100% outdoors.
- Bars, meeting and reception spaces, lounges, nightclubs, auditoriums, sports arenas and fields, movie theaters, and gaming facilities may operate at 50% capacity.
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