During his news briefing today (August 5) North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced that, as a result of the current COVID-19 case count, the state would stay in the current Phase Two “Safer at Home” order for an additional five weeks. The order will be extended until at least Friday, September 11.
The Phase 2 extension keeps bars, gyms, and entertainment venues closed. Governor Cooper said that the five-week plan is a response to recommendations from health experts and involved the school reopening plans.
On June 24, after announcing a previous extension of Phase 2 “Safer at Home,” Governor Cooper announced that face coverings will be required for citizens when they are out in the public and six feet of social distancing is not possible. This includes all employees and customers in retail establishments. There are exceptions that include situations when a medical condition will not allow for a face covering and children under 11-years-old.