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North Carolina moves into Phase 3 at 5:00 p.m.

Published: Sep. 30, 2020 at 10:44 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 2, 2020 at 10:14 AM EDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) - The state will move into Phase 3 of the reopening process at 5:00 p.m. today.

Gov. Roy Cooper made the announcement Wednesday afternoon in Raleigh.

  • Large outdoor venues with over 10 thousand capacity can open up at 7% occupancy
  • Smaller outdoor venues: 30% of outdoor capacity, or 100 people, whichever is less
  • Movie theaters & conference centers: Indoor at 30% capacity, or 100 people, whichever is less
  • Bars: Outdoor only at 30% capacity, or 100 people, whichever is less -Outdoor amusement parks: 30% occupancy

The governor says mass gathering limits remain at 25 indoors and 50 outdoors and that face masks will continue to be mandatory for those over the age of 5.

DHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen says that North Carolina’s trends remain stable but fragile and continued to stress the importance of wearing a mask, social distancing 6 feet from others, and washing hands frequently.

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An update is expected this afternoon from Gov. Roy Cooper on restrictions to businesses and events due to COVID-19.

The governor is scheduled to appear at 2:00 p.m. at the state’s Emergency Operations Center for a coronavirus update.

The state remains in Phase 2.5 until 5:00 p.m. Friday.

That phase enacted earlier this month allowed an increase in the number of people at mass gatherings, and gyms, museums, and playgrounds to reopen with reduced capacity.

Some expect the governor to announce whether bars, movie theaters, and amusement would be allowed to reopen or not.

WITN-TV will carry the governor’s briefing live

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