Governor Cooper Set To Make Announcement on Phase 3 Reopening This Afternoon


NC Governor Roy Cooper is now set to make an announcement about whether we will remain in Phase 2 or if we will transition to Phase 3 this coming Friday.

A move to Phase 3 would allow for higher capacity of restaurants, houses of worship, and reopen gyms and bars across our state.

Last month, the governor extended Phase 2 through August 7th and added a new requirement that all NC residents wear face masks when in public.

The decision to extend Phase 2 was made amid rising COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.

Many are now expecting Cooper to announce a move to Phase 3 now that cases and deaths have been on the decline in our state (although hospitalizations have continued to climb).

Phase 3 specifically includes the following changes:

  • Lessen restrictions for vulnerable populations with encouragement to continue practicing physical distancing and minimizing exposure to settings where distancing isn’t possible
  • Allow increased capacity at restaurants, bars, other businesses, houses of worships, and entertainment venues
  • Further increase the number of people allowed at gatherings
  • Continue rigorous restrictions on nursing homes and other congregant care settings

Do you think we should move to Phase 3?