Gov. Cooper: COVID-19 Curfew To Be Lifted On Friday

Gov. Cooper: COVID-19 Curfew To Be Lifted On Friday

North Carolina prepares to start easing COVID-19 restrictions.

With the number of newly reported cases and hospitalizations trending in the right direction, Gov. Roy Cooper Wednesday announced the end of the statewide 10 PM until 5 AM curfew starting on Friday.

Also under the new executive order:

  • Some outdoor businesses will be able to operate at 30% with NO cap in total attendance
  • Some indoor businesses — including bars, taverns, indoor sports arenas, and movie theaters — can now open at 30% capacity with a cap of 250 people
  • Larger indoor arenas with a capacity of over 5,000 will be allowed up to 15% of capacity
  • On-site alcohol sales must end at 11 PM
  • The mass gathering limits will be increased to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors
  • Health and safety protocols must still be followed
  • The mandatory mask mandate will remain in place.

Gov. Cooper’s new executive order featuring the reduced restrictions goes into effect at 5 PM this Friday, February 26.

As of Wednesday, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reports there have been 849,630 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state since the pandemic began.  Those cases have resulted in 11,074 deaths.