Retail stores preparing to open for N.C. Phase One, but not all neighbors agree

Posted at 10:33 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 22:46:59-04

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - Catching a fish is always a highlight for Latoya Armstrong and her family.

“It’s relaxing because we get so happy, so our minds don’t worry about school, work, job - none of that," she said.

Since Gov. Roy Cooper’s order for the closure of all non-essential businesses, Armstrong’s been out of work. She is okay with that; she believes health and safety come first.

"I really don’t think it’s time for us to open. I think it’s too early,” she adds.

However, some businesses are looking forward to the first phase of reopening North Carolina.

“We are so excited. We missed our customers, and we just are ready to open the doors,” says Jess Rhodes. She owns Cozy Carolina Boutique.

Gov. Cooper says barbershops, gyms and theaters will remain closed, but retail stores are allowed to open back up on Friday at 5 p.m.

“Phase One is designed to be a limited easing of restrictions that can give people safe opportunities to socialize and boost parts of our economy,” said Gov. Cooper.

He says retail stores that decide to open must clean frequently and must also provide hand sanitizer whenever it's available.

Rhodes says she’s added a “no-touch" to her shop to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

“If you don’t plan to buy, it we ask you not to touch it.”

Gov. Cooper says Phase One ends on May 22, but it will be extended if needed.

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