Governor Cooper Lifts Outdoor Mask Mandate With Restrictions

CHARLOTTE — Another big step towards normalcy in North Carolina.  Governor Roy Cooper lifts the state’s outdoor mask mandate, but cautions don’t leave your mask at home.

Cooper announced starting Friday, the state is relaxing the outdoor mask mandate as well as easing mass gathering limits.  Under the new executive order, masks will still be required indoors, but are no longer mandated outdoors, except for in crowded areas where you can’t practice social distancing.  Mass gathering limits will now increase to 100 people indoors, and 200 outdoors.

Right now, half of the adults in North Carolina are partially vaccinated, and almost 40 percent are full vaccinated.  Cooper says the state will ease even more restrictions if two-thirds of adults get vaccinated with at least one dose.

Some people say they’re relieved many restrictions are being lifted, but they still plan to keep their mask close by.

“You got to go with the flow, I will still wear the mask though, no matter what,” says Darryl Smith, Charlotte resident.

Governor Cooper says if two-thirds of adults get partially vaccinated, he could lift the mask mandate completely by June 1.