Governor Cooper Lifts Curfew In North Carolina On February 26th

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Governor Roy Cooper says on Friday, February 26th North Carolina’s modified Stay-At-Home order will be lifted and there will no longer be a curfew in the state.

In a news conference on Wednesday, Gov. Cooper said the state is easing restrictions as COVID-19 metrics improve, and starting Friday there will be more opportunities to gather, shop, and attend events thanks to a new executive order.

The new Executive Order not only lifts the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, but moves the time for on-site alcohol sales from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., increases the number of people who can gather indoors from 10 to 25, with 50 being the limit for outdoor gathering, and increases gathering limits indoors and outdoors for many businesses.

“Today’s action is a show of confidence and trust, but we must remain cautious. People are losing their loved ones each day,” said Governor Cooper. “We must keep up our guard. Many of us are weary, but we cannot let the weariness win. Now is the time to put our strength and resilience to work so that we can continue to turn the corner and get through this.”

Health officials say because indoor spaces have a higher risk for spreading the virus, indoor facilities will be allowed to operate at 30 percent capacity and outdoor facilities will be able to operate at 50 percent capacity.

Officials say indoor spaces such as bars, lounges, movie theaters, sports arenas, indoor areas of amusement parks, and entertainment facilities may not exceed 250 people, except for venues with more than 5,000 seats if they follow additional safety measures.

Outdoor spaces such as restaurants, wineries, breweries, fitness centers, museums, aquariums, retailers, salons, tattoo shops, and more may only remain open at 50 percent capacity, according to a news release.

Health officials ask residents to remain careful and follow all guidelines to slow the spread of the virus as North Carolina slowly starts opening up further.

Keep wearing a mask, waiting 6 feet apart, and washing your hands. We’ve seen in the past how fragile progress can be, so we need to keep protecting each other while we get everyone a spot to get their shot,” said North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D.

Click to see North Carolina COVID-19 news conference on Twitter.

Click here for full Executive Order No. 195.