Governor Cooper Announces Move to ‘Phase 2’ – Allowing Restaurants, Bars, and Churches To Reopen

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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has just announced that our state will be transitioning into “Phase 2” of the ‘Safer at Home’ order.

“North Carolina is using the data to guide our decisions about when to lift COVID-19 restrictions, and overall our key indicators remain stable,” said Governor Cooper. “Safer At Home Phase 2 is another careful step forward, and we have to continue taking this virus seriously to prevent a dangerous spike in infections.”

The governor’s new ‘Executive Order No. 141‘ effectively lifts the ‘The Stay at Home Order’ in Executive Order No. 138 and allows for restaurants, salons, and pools to reopen at 50% max capacity. It also allows for indoor gatherings of 10 people and outdoor gatherings of 25 people.

The new order also includes the following exemption:

“Worship, religious, and spiritual gatherings, funeral ceremonies, wedding ceremonies, and
other activities constituting the exercise of First Amendment rights are exempt from all the
requirements ofthis Executive Order and Executive Order Nos. 121 and 138, notwithstanding any other provision ofthis Executive Order or of Executive Order Nos. 121 and 138.

The undersigned strongly urges that entities and individuals engaging in these exempted
activities follow the Recommendations to Promote Social Distancing and Reduce Transmission, avoid exceeding Emergency Maximum Occupancy in the places where they meet, and avoid holding Mass Gatherings.”

You can read the entire Phase 2 order here.

What do you think about the new order? 

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