On September 1, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order No. 163. This Order became effective on September 4, 2020, and will remain in effect until October 2, 2020. Here is what you need to know:
What Has Changed?
- Mass gathering limits are increased to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors;
- Playgrounds are allowed to open;
- Museums and aquariums can open at 50% capacity;
- Fitness and competitive physical activity facilities can open at 30% capacity; and
- All employers in North Carolina are strongly encouraged to provide face coverings to their employees.
What Remains the Same?
- Bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, amusement parks, dance halls, and other entertainment facilities will remain closed;
- Restaurants remain subject to capacity limits and other requirements for in-person dining;
- Personal care businesses such as hair and nail salons, tattoo parlors, and barbershops remain subject to capacity limits and other requirements;
- Large venues remain subject to the mass gathering limits;
- Wedding receptions and other private events remain subject to the mass gathering limits; and
- Face coverings are still required in public.
For a more specific analysis of Phase 2.5, Governor Cooper has provided a FAQ page to provide North Carolinians guidance on what to expect moving forward.