Effective 5:00 p.m. on May 22, North Carolina entered Phase 2 of re-opening, which will be in effect until June 26. Here’s some information on what this means:
Lifting the Stay at Home order
The Stay at Home order has been lifted but vulnerable populations are encouraged to stay at home to remain safe. You are also encouraged to stay home if you are able and telework if possible.
Restaurants can reopen at mostly 50% capacity as long as social distancing, cleaning, and other precautions are followed.
Personal care businesses will have limited re-openings
Personal care businesses like salons and barbershops will also be able to reopen at 50% capacity, will have face-covering requirements and must reduce the number of people in the waiting areas.
For you and your family
Swimming pools will be able to open at 50% capacity, and overnight and day camps can open with safety rules. Childcare facilities remain open and are now able to enroll all children.
New gathering limits
The new gathering limits will be 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors. This applies to event venues; conference centers; stadiums and sports arenas; amphitheaters; and groups at parks or beaches.
Nursing homes and other congregant care settings
While some places that have been closed will be re-opening in a limited capacity, nursing homes and other congregant care settings will continue to have restrictions to protect vulnerable populations.
What remains closed
Some businesses/facilities will remain closed in Phase 2. These include bars, nightclubs, indoor fitness facilities, movie theaters, and public playgrounds.
For more information on Phase 2 and all COVID-19 information, visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/.