Citing improving numbers but cautioning Carolinians to be safe, Gov. Roy Cooper today announced the end to the nighttime curfew as well as loosened restrictions on some businesses.
The new executive order – which has been ignored in many communities – goes into effect Friday at 5 p.m. A number of other protocols will also be lessened.
Today’s action is a show of confidence and trust, but we must remain cautious. People are losing their loved ones each day,” said Governor Cooper. “We must keep up our guard. Many of us are weary, but we cannot let the weariness win. Now is the time to put our strength and resilience to work so that we can continue to turn the corner and get through this.” Cooper said that new restrictions could be tougher if the state’s COVID-19 number rise again.
The mask mandate will remain in effect, Cooper said.
Bars and restaurants will be able to open up to indoor alcohol sales and service, but they will still only be allowed to serve alcohol until 11 p.m. as long as they enforce a capacity limit of 30 percent indoors.
Gyms museums, barber shops, pools, outdoor parks, retail stores, breweries and wineries will be allowed up to 50 percent capacity. Safety protocols must be observed regardless, Cooper said.
Indoor entertainment venues like gymnasiums and sports complexes will be allowed up to 15 percent capacity if they have seating for 5,000. Cooper said that will allow most professional and college indoor sports like basketball and hockey to function.
The 25 person indoor limit for churches and organizations will also go to 50 with the new executive order.