Gov. Roy Cooper Says Phase 1 Of Reopening North Carolina Will Begin Friday, May 8th at 5pm

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Gov. Roy Cooper held a news conference about reopening North Carolina amid the coronavirus pandemic. Click the video player below to watch the news conference:

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper Talks About Phase 1 Of Reopening State Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

WATCH LIVE: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper expected to outline Phase 1 of reopening the state amid the coronavirus pandemic

Posted by WCCB, Charlotte's CW on Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Cooper announced that he signed an Executive Order that will begin Phase One of reopening North Carolina at 5pm on Friday, May 8th.

Under Phase One:

  • Most businesses can open
  • Retail businesses can open at 50% capacity with frequent cleaning and social distancing
  • Parks and trails are encouraged to re-open
  • Certain businesses (gyms, salons, bars, theaters, etc.) will remain closed
  • Restaurants continue to be take out and delivery only
  • Gatherings still limited to 10 people but gathering outdoors with friends is allowed
  • Employers are still encouraged to telework when possible
  • Childcare centers that follow strict cleaning requirements can open for working parents or those looking for work
  • Worship services of more than 10 people allowed outdoors if socially distanced
  • View more details about Phase One here: nc.gov/covid19
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Original Story (Posted: May 4, 2020):

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As soon as this weekend, you’ll likely be able to shop at malls and other non-essential businesses in North Carolina.

Governor Cooper is expected to lay out specifics in the next couple of days.

State Health Director Dr. Mandy Cohen gave a preview during a news conference on Monday.

“We’re looking to minimize (people being) in close proximity, less than six feet for more than 10 minutes at a time,” she explained.

That 10-minute rule likely rules out restaurants and churches.

But local leaders expect retail outlets will be able to reopen at a similar capacity as grocery stores… five people per one thousand square feet.

Earlier in the day, Governor Cooper signed a $1.5 Billion relief bill that includes money to expand testing, which in turn could help things open back up quicker.

“We can test more people who are feeling sick. The guidelines have been expanded so we can test more people,” Cooper said during the news conference.

The Governor also says he’s open to certain regions of the state opening up quicker. He says expect two or three weeks before moving to the second phase.

The Governor says this will be a deliberate, data-driver process because once opening begins, he doesn’t want to have to reverse course.

“We’re hoping that we can go and get through these phases, prevent a spike in North Carolina, and keep people safe and to get the economy reignited at the same time,” Cooper said.