Governor Roy Cooper announced today that North Carolina will stay in Phase 2 of the state’s COVID-19 reopening process for three more weeks.

The major change is that face coverings are now mandated for all employees and customers of retail stores, restaurants, factories, agriculture and meat processing plants.

The executive order extending Phase 2 and mandating the use of face coverings can be read in full here. It expires July 17.

Under Phase 2, the stay-at-home order remains lifted, but staying safe at home is recommended, especially for people at high risk for serious illness. Teleworking is encouraged when possible.

Also, in Phase 2:

  • Summer camps and swimming pools can remain open.
  • Restaurants can open for dine-in service at 50% capacity
  • Personal care businesses such as nail salons and hairdressers can also open at 50% capacity
  • Childcare facilities, day camps and overnight camps are allowed to open, also with enhanced health requirements
  • Swimming pools may open at 50% capacity

Activities still prohibited include the following:

  • Mass gatherings are limited to 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors
  • Bars and night clubs will remain closed.
  • Gyms and indoor fitness facilities remain closed.
  • Indoor entertainment venues such as movie theaters, and bowling alleys will also remain closed.

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