Eight new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed today (September 4) in Catawba County, increasing the total to 2,696, with 48 deaths. There were 12 people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Catawba County.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced Tuesday that the state will move into “Stay at Home Phase 2.5” starting at 5 p.m. today. Museums and aquariums will be allowed to open at 50% capacity, while gyms and other indoor exercise facilities can open at 30% capacity. Bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, indoor entertainment venues, and amusement parks will remain closed. The 11 p.m. curfew on alcohol sales at restaurants will remain in place through October 2.
Limits on mass gatherings will increase to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors. Playgrounds will be allowed to open. The age requirement for facial coverings will extend to children five years of age and older. Capacity limits for restaurants and businesses like hair and nail salons will remain the same.[COVID-19 dashboard photo Courtesy of catawbacountync.gov, photo of Governor Roy Cooper at Tuesday’s news conference from the Governor’s Facebook page]