By WECT Staff | March 23, 2021 at 1:04 PM EDT – Updated March 26 at 12:53 PM
RALEIGH, N.C. (WECT) – Gov. Roy Cooper’s new executive order loosening COVID-19 restrictions at businesses and entertainment venues goes into effect Friday evening.
Cooper on Tuesday announced several changes to the state’s restrictions on capacity at businesses and venues in the newest executive order. Those changes include:
- Places like museums, aquariums, retail businesses and shops, salons and personal care shops will be able to increase capacity up to 100% indoors and outdoors with safety protocols in place.
- Businesses including restaurants, breweries, wineries, amusement parks, gyms and pools, and other recreation establishments will be allowed to increase capacity up to 75% indoors and up to 100% outdoors.
- Bars, movie theaters, conference centers and reception venues, sports arenas, and other venues for live performances can increase capacity up to 50 percent indoors and outdoors.
- The mass gathering limit, which covers other kinds of gatherings not otherwise laid out in the order, will be increased to 50 indoors and 100 outdoors.
- Lifting the 11 p.m. curfew for on-site alcohol sales
The mask mandate will remain in place.
“North Carolina has done the work to slow the spread and get people vaccinated,” Cooper said. “I’m grateful for the efforts of people across the state. But the pandemic is not over. We’re only able to keep the virus in check while we ease restrictions if people act responsibly and follow safety protocols.
“That means continuing to wear a mask and social distancing. We want to strengthen our economy while keeping people safe, and it is on all of us to make that happen. The last thing we want is to backslide.”
According to NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, about 32 percent of North Carolina residents 18 and over have received at least one dose of the vaccination.
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