Beginning Oct. 2, North Carolina entered the third phase of easing certain restrictions under Gov. Roy Cooper’s reopening plans. This phase allows bars to operate outdoors at 30% capacity, or 100 guests, whichever is less. It also allows entertainment venues, movie theaters, amusement parks and other conference centers to operate at 30% capacity. It still encourages social distancing and restrictions still remain for nursing homes and other congregate living settings.
On Nov. 13, Gov. Cooper announced that North Carolina’s indoor mass gathering limit would be lowered from 25 to 10 people in an effort to drive down North Carolina’s key COVID-19 metrics. The order does not change the reduced capacity limits for certain businesses that have already been laid out. For more information on the order, read the state’s frequently asked questions. This new executive order also extends phase 3 through Friday, Dec. 4.
On June 24, Gov. Cooper issued a statewide face mask order to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. This order states that people must wear face coverings when in public places where physical distancing is not possible. In addition, certain businesses must have employees and customers wear face coverings.