The ABC’s of the State’s Phase I re-open plan
By Submitted Story 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.