Governor Roy Cooper announced today (September 30) that North Carolina will ease some restrictions while continuing safety measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 as the state’s metrics remained stable in September. The changes will go into effect Friday, October 2, at 5 p.m. and continue for three weeks through October 23.
New provisions include:
· Large outdoor venues with seating greater than 10,000 may operate with 7% occupancy for spectators.
· Smaller outdoor entertainment venues, like arenas or amphitheaters, may operate outdoors at 30% of outdoor capacity, or 100 guests, whichever is less.
· Movie theaters and conference centers may open indoor spaces to 30% of capacity, or 100 guests, whichever is less.
· Bars may operate outdoors at 30% of outdoor capacity, or 100 guests, whichever is less.
· Amusement parks may open at 30% occupancy, outdoor attractions only.
· The limits on mass gatherings will remain at 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.
· The 11 p.m. curfew on alcohol sales for in-person consumption in locations such as restaurants and outdoor bars will be extended through October 23.