North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said at a press conference Wednesday that almost all COVID-19 restrictions affecting businesses and social gatherings could be lifted by the summer.
Here’s what we know about potential changes:
Which restrictions can be lifted?
Cooper said he expects to lift restrictions on the capacity of indoor restaurants, bars, concert venues, museums, gyms, cinemas and other businesses.
In addition, restrictions on indoor and outdoor social gatherings such as weddings and funerals will be lifted.
When does Cooper want to lift the restrictions?
He said he expects the restrictions to be lifted by June 1, 2021.
Why is the restriction lifted?
Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary-General Mandy Cohen acknowledged increased vaccination as a reason to lift the restriction. To date, 46.9% of North Carolina adults have been vaccinated at least partially.
Do I need to wear a face mask in public?
Yes, Cooper said he intends to keep North Carolina’s Maskman Date valid. But if two-thirds of adults were vaccinated by June 1, Cooper said North Carolina could lift the mask obligation in outdoor spaces.
Are there any changes by June 1st?
Okay Current stage of Cooper’s reopening plan Valid until April 30, 2021.
Current orders limit most outdoor gatherings to 100 people and indoor gatherings to 50 people. Retail stores can operate at full capacity on order, but restaurants are limited to 75% capacity.
Bars, concert venues and sports arenas are limited to a 50% capacity by order.
The governor will issue an executive order next week outlining safety restrictions in May.