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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced Tuesday that the state would be entering Safer at Home Phase 2.5 on Friday at 5 P.M. This order will remain in effect until October 2. This will ease some of the business and social restrictions he’s put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Phase 2.5  limits gatherings indoors to 25 people and 50 people outdoors. Playgrounds can reopen, museums and aquariums can reopen at 50% capacity. Gyms and other indoor exercise facilities can reopen at 30% capacity. Bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, indoor entertainment facilities, amusement parks, and dance halls will remain closed. Large venues remain subject to the mass gathering limits

Cooper and health officials urged the public to continue social distancing, wearing masks, and taking washing hands frequently. The age for mask-wearing according to the mandate includes kids, Governor Cooper said, down to age 5.

It’s not exactly what some folks were hoping for, but at least we are moving forward. We gotta focus on the positives! All of the limitations and details for Phase 2.5 can be found here.