[RALEIGH, NC, SEPTEMBER 30, 2020] – Earlier today Governor Roy Cooper announced that the state would move into phase 3 of the pandemic recovery this Friday, October 2, 2020 at 5 p.m. The phase is scheduled to run through Friday, October 23, 2020. 

Phase 3 will relax some of the protective measures currently in place, while keeping others.

    Limits on mass gatherings will be stay the same: 25 indoors and 50 outdoors;

    Large outdoor stadiums and venues (>10,000 seats) may operate at 7% occupancy;

    Smaller venues (<10,000 seats) like amphitheaters may operate at 30% occupancy or 100 persons, whichever is less;

    Movie theaters, conference centers, and similar venues may operate at 30% occupancy or 100 persons, whichever is less;

    Bars may operate outdoors at 30% of outdoor capacity, or 100 persons, whichever is less;

    Amusement parks may operate at 30% capacity (outdoor attractions only);

    The ban on alcohol sales after 11 p.m. remains in effect;

    Mask wearing in public remains mandatory for all persons over the age of 5.

These changes were made in response to stability in the public health metrics over the last month. Cases and hospitalizations remain relatively stable, and the percentage of positive cases remains close to the state’s target of 5%. 

However, Governor Cooper called the stability “fragile” and encouraged all North Carolinians to take personal responsibility for their own health and the health of their neighbors. This includes staying at home whenever possible, and following the three Ws (wear, wait, and wash) when going out in public. 

Stay tuned for more information, including possible changes to town service provision, as it becomes available.  

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