Just in time for the Memorial Day Holiday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has announced the state will enter Phase 2 of the “Safer At Home” executive order.
Cooper said during a news conference Wednesday evening (May 20) the following businesses are now allowed to reopen, but with restrictions. Restrictions include keeping a social distance of six feet, wearing masks and there are cleaning requirements (like having hand sanitation or stations available).
- Restaurants – Reopen for dine-in at 50% capacity
- Salons and Barbers – Reopen at 50% capacity
- Swimming pools – Reopen at 50% capacity
- Overnight and day camps – Reopen with safety rules
- Childcare facilities – remain open and can now enroll all children
Phase 2 will officially begin Friday, May 22 at 5 pm. Governor Cooper emphasized that not all restaurants or salons may be able to open at this time or may not choose to reopen, but asks the community to respect their decision.
Not everyone is celebrating Governor Cooper’s recent news. Some businesses still remain closed and may likely be included in the next phase of reopening. Businesses, not open include:
- Gyms and indoor fitness facilities
- Indoor entertainment venues (movie theaters, bowling alleys, public playgrounds)
The concern is these businesses can significantly spread COVID-19 if reopened at this time.