Governor Cooper extends Phase 2 reopening for five more weeks

Published: Aug. 5, 2020 at 9:29 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2020 at 4:28 PM EDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) - Governor Roy Cooper has once again extended Phase 2 for reopening the state.

This means that bars, gyms, movie theaters, and other public venues will not be allowed to reopen.

Cooper said trends are not showing enough progress in combating the virus for the state to move into Phase 3.

He said the state will remain paused in Phase 2 for an additional five weeks. Cooper said while stable numbers are good, decreasing statistics are better.

The governor noted that schools, colleges, and universities will soon reopen.

The businesses have been closed since March 30. That’s when Cooper issued an executive order enacting hoping to stop the spread of the virus.

The state has been in Phase 2 since May 22nd that allowed many businesses to reopen, but kept bars, gyms, and movie theaters closed.

Then three weeks ago, Cooper extended that order a second time, expiring on Friday.

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