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North Carolina to move to Phase 3 starting Friday; Outdoor amusement parks, bars and venues see changes

Posted at 2:32 PM, Sep 30, 2020

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that North Carolina is taking another “careful” step forward.

The state will move to Phase 3 Friday, October 2 at 5 p.m.

Here are the notes Cooper gave about what this phase means:

  • At risk population is still safer at home (people over 65 or those with health risks)
  • Face coverings are mandatory for those over 5-years-old
  • Large outdoor events with seating over 10,000 can operate at 7%
  • Smaller outdoor venues can operate at 30% or 100 people, whichever is less
  • Movie theaters and conference centers can operate at 30% capacity or 100 seated guests, whichever less
  • Bars can open outdoor only at 30% or 100 guests, whichever less
  • Outdoor amusement parks can operate at 30% occupancy
  • Mass gathering limits remain at 25 people indoor and 50 outdoor
  • 11 p.m., alcohol sales curfew is extended for in person consumption for places like restaurants or outdoor bars

Cooper said Phase 3 is effective through Friday October 23.

He added, “I believe that North Carolina can do this safely. But so I’m clear every gathering carries the risk of carrying this disease.”