Gov Cooper Hopes To Lift Social Distancing, Mass Gathering, and Masks Restrictions Next Week


NC Governor Roy Cooper has just announced plans to potentially lift COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in North Carolina from the state level, including social distancing, mass gathering, and possibly even mask requirements by June 1st.

The state anticipates lifting the restrictions once two-thirds of adult North Carolinians have received at least one vaccine dose and if trends remain stable.

According to a press release, our state has administered over 6.5 million vaccines. Currently, 46.9% of all adults in North Carolina are at least partially vaccinated, and 35.1% are fully vaccinated.

“Each shot in an arm is a step closer to putting this pandemic in the rearview mirror,” said Governor Cooper. “North Carolinians have shown up for each other throughout this entire pandemic and we need to keep up that commitment by getting our vaccines.”

You can watch the full video from yesterday’s announcement here:

Governor Cooper and NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen urged North Carolinians to continue to get vaccinated and to follow wise judgment even if restrictions are lifted next week.

According to the CDC and Bureau of Labor Statistics, North Carolina is currently among the states with the fewest deaths and fewest job losses per capita.