Cooper lifts NC’s outdoor mask mandate

By on April 28, 2021

Gov. Roy Cooper

A day after the CDC relaxed outdoor mask-wearing guidance, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced that as of Friday, April 30, outdoor masks will no longer be mandated in the state.  In addition, mass gathering limits are being expanded to 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors starting Friday.

The April 28 announcement at a press briefing follows last week’s announcement that current COVID-19 capacity, social distancing and mass gathering restrictions could be lifted by June 1. Cooper also said today that once two-thirds of North Carolina residents age 18 and older have received at least one shot of COVID vaccine, the state could lift the indoor mask-wearing requirement.

Currently, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) says 48.7% of adults in the state have received at least one shot and that 39.2% have been fully vaccinated.

In assessing the trajectory of COVID in the state, Cooper stated that “while our numbers seem stable, we’re not seeing the decline in metrics we’d like to see.”

Addressing several key metrics, NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen noted that the number of cases reported has levelled off at about 1,500-2,000 per day; that the percentage of positive tests has been “holding steady” at around the 5% goal (although she said the number of tests administered have dropped significantly); and that the number of hospitalizations due to the virus is “largely level,” while the state’s hospitals still have adequate capacity.

April 28 Dare County update:

The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 on April 28, the most in a single day since April 17. A majority of the cases (7) involve non-residents of Dare County while 4 involve residents. In addition, the DHHS reported that 9 county residents previously categorized as having active cases are now considered recovered— leaving 18 active cases in the county.

Statewide NC coronavirus numbers on April 28

  • Total reported NC cases – 965,536
  • New cases reported today – 1,765
  • Reported deaths – 12,619 (36 additional since yesterday)
  • Currently hospitalized 1,117 (14 more than yesterday)
  • Suspected COVID-19 cases hospitalized in past 24 hours – 119 (1 more than yesterday)
  • Confirmed COVID-19 case hospitalized in past 24 hours – 148 (47 more than yesterday)
  • Adults in ICU with COVID-19 – 281 (3 more than yesterday)
  • Patients presumed to be recovered – 924,490
  • Reported cases in Dare, Currituck and Hyde Counties – 5,296 (Dare 3,116, Currituck 1,500, Hyde 680)
  • Completed tests – 12,322,425
  • Daily percent positive tests – 6.2%
  • Vaccine doses administered – 7,017,344

Note: Every morning, the NC Department of Health and Human Services posts updates the number of reported cases of coronavirus. That number reflects positive results from all tests, including the NC State Laboratory of Public Health and all hospital and commercial labs. There may be other reports, from the media and elsewhere, that will include different numbers during a given day, but this is an effective way of tracking numbers from the same source on a day-to-day basis.


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  • Dethrol

    Anybody wander around the beach last week during Bike Week? Pssst guvnah, nobody is listening to you now or cares about your ridiculous executive orders. And Summer is just around the corner.

    Wednesday, Apr 28 @ 8:27 pm
  • Just Sayin

    So this means that the people can stop wearing their masks on the pedestrian/bike path in Duck? People alone in cars should keep on wearing them though. I’m so thankful our government is looking out for our safety.

    Thursday, Apr 29 @ 5:00 am
  • KHer

    Outdoor mask mandate? When did that happen? Oh well, glad it’s over.

    Thursday, Apr 29 @ 11:48 am
  • Arnold

    They really have no clue, do they? Spectacular announcement, Gub’ner.

    Thursday, Apr 29 @ 1:00 pm
  • Onevoice

    Amazing how many lives were lost because we didn’t understand the value of a simple barrier. a minor inconvenience to an individual.
    When it comes to life I would rather error on the side of overprotection then under protection
    Amazing these comments I guess some people feel better when their leader ship lies to them… This might be over by the end of the week…. surely by Easter… Can’t we just put some disinfectant in the people? It makes a difference who you vote for.

    Friday, Apr 30 @ 6:50 am
  • Disgruntled

    @ Arnold,, It has to be apparent to so called authorities how silly this all has been but I think they function on the premise that majority of voters have little to no cognitive abilities.

    Friday, Apr 30 @ 6:55 am
  • Sandman


    Yawn…. go peddle your socialist cries for control and subjugation somewhere else. We get it, you hate freedom and America. Congratulations you’re ruining our great way of life at a much faster pace than anyone thought possible.

    Sunday, May 2 @ 1:41 pm