With coronavirus data trends decreasing in North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper announced Wednesday the loosening, but not elimination, of COVID-19 safety restrictions. The new order and rules begin Friday, February 26 at 5 p.m.
“Today’s action is a show of confidence and trust, but we must remain cautious,” Cooper said during the afternoon briefing in Raleigh.
The nightly 10 p.m. curfew will be lifted Friday when the governor’s modified stay-at-home order expires. This nightly curfew is the only restriction being completely eliminated.
Also happening Friday, capacity changes will allow businesses to host more customers simultaneously. Effective at 5 p.m. Friday, many businesses can expand to 50% capacity so long as social distancing, mask mandate, and other safety precautions are still imposed.