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North Carolina to move to Phase 2.5 with some restrictions lifted, others still in place

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Posted at 3:31 PM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 15:31:42-04

RALEIGH, N.C. – Governor Roy Cooper updated North Carolinians Tuesday on some movements into a new reopening phase.

Because of stable numbers, Cooper said North Carolina will move into “Safer at Home Phase 2.5” beginning Sept. 4 at 5 p.m.

He said it is still safer at home for those at higher risk.

Changes to come and things staying the same include:

  • Limits on mass gatherings will increase to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors
  • Playgrounds can open
  • Museums and aquariums can open at 50% capacity
  • Gyms and other indoor exercise facilities can open at 30% capacity
  • Large venues will still be subject to mass gathering limits
  • Age requirement for mask wearing includes children down to 5-years-old
  • Capacity limits at restaurants and personal care businesses like salons will remain the same
  • Bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, indoor entertainment and amusement parks will remain closed

For all these changes, there will be additional measures required, Cooper said.

Cooper said that a new phase is when residents need to take this virus more seriously.