Cooper: Next Phase Of Reopening Includes Large Outdoor Venues

Cooper: Next Phase Of Reopening Includes Large Outdoor Venues

North Carolina prepares to take the next step in easing its coronavirus restrictions.

Gov. Roy Cooper says the state continues to remain stable in its key metrics.

So, Cooper announced Tuesday that larger outdoor event venues with seating capacity of over 10,000 will be able to open at 7% capacity if current trends hold.

Cooper says he also hopes to ease other restrictions when the current executive order expires on October 2nd.

Gov. Cooper also announced the North Carolina Mortgage, Utility and Rent Relief Program which will direct $40 million to small businesses.

Due to continued shortages of volunteers and record demand at food banks, Gov. Cooper says he’s directed the mobilization of 125 N.C. National Guard soldiers to support operations at at least ten food banks in the state.

N.C. Health and Human Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen announced the launch of Slow COVID N.C., a new  exposure notification app.

As of Tuesday, there have been 195,549 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.  3,286 of those cases have resulted in death.