Governor Roy Cooper announced that on Friday, May 8, at 5 p.m., North Carolina will move into Phase One of reopening. The Stay at Home Order is still in effect but is modified to ease restrictions. This means:
Most businesses can open, but certain businesses, such as gyms, salons, bars and theaters, will remain closed.
Retail businesses can open at 50% capacity with frequent cleaning and social distancing
Restaurants can continue to offer takeout and delivery services only
Gatherings are still limited to 10 people, but gathering outdoors with friends is allowed
Employers are still encouraged to telework when possible
Childcare centers that follow strict cleaning requirements can open for working parents or those looking for work
Worship services of more than 10 people are allowed outdoors if socially distanced
When leaving home, it is encouraged that everyone:
Wear a cloth face covering
Wait 6 feet apart and avoid close contact
Wash their hands often or use proper hand sanitizer
Executive Order 138, which outlines Phase One, expires on May 22 when Phase Two will begin; however, the Governor can extend Phase One if indicators regarding COVID-19 are not met.