The ABC’s of the State’s Phase I re-open plan

By on May 10, 2020

On Friday, May 8, North Carolina entered Phase I of lifting COVID-19 restrictions. They are slated to be to be in effect for several weeks before the state further relaxes restrictions based on data about the virus’ spread.
  • Commercial activity : People can leave home for commercial activity and more businesses are open
  • Retail: 50% capacity allowed with cleaning and social distancing
  • Gatherings: 10-person limit; gathering outdoors with friends allowed
  • Child care: Child care centers open for working parents or those looking for work
  • Teleworking: Encouraged
  • Bars and restaurants: Take-out and delivery
  • Barbers, salons and massage: Closed
  • Theaters, music venues and bowling alleys: Closed
  • Gyms: Closed
  • Playgrounds: Closed
  • Visitation at long-term care centers: Not allowed
  • Worship services: Outdoor services allowed
  • State parks and trails: Opening encouraged
  • Face coverings: Encouraged

People who are sick or at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19 should continue to remain at home as much as possible. More information is included in a list of frequently asked questions about the governor’s modified Stay at Home Order.

North Carolina is taking a three-phased approach – based on data from testing, tracing and trends – to safely lift restrictions while continuing to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and save lives.On May 8, North Carolina moved into Phase 1 of the plan to slowly ease certain COVID-19 restrictions that Governor Roy Cooper announced earlier this week. The Stay at Home Order remains in place with some modifications.


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  • Trashcan Man

    The County of Dare is projecting a 50% loss of tax revenue for June and a 40% loss in July. That revenue largely comes from tourism industry. Speaks volumes of what the county is expecting. I suspect that the revenue loss will be greater than that and if the virus spreads here as it has everywhere else that has re-opened and reduced mitigation rules, there will be no tourism in July, August, who knows for how long.

    BTW, the areas that are the slowest to recover from a economic crisis are areas that rely on tourism. Fact learned from 2008-09 Great Recession.

    It would have been better to wait until July 1 to gauge where the country is and completely prepare the area here for tourists. Then make a decision that is better informed.

    Sunday, May 10 @ 11:38 am
  • Lil Johnny

    I guess if the transplants want vote them out the lack of funds will eliminate a few government positions that is a start. Less cops means less police state mentality. Dare county secret meetings making decisions without public input will continue regardless and Dare county’s transplants and the few locals that still exist will continue to suffer. Your public officials bankrupted your businesses and segregated your community so a lack of funding for that type of government is not such a bad thing except for the kid programs. I guess you will drop this one also OBX voice.

    Monday, May 11 @ 9:27 am
  • KDH beach dogs

    I wholeheartedly agree, July 1st would have been a much better date! One should always err on the side of caution during a global pandemic.

    Monday, May 11 @ 1:57 pm