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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that Phase 2 of his plan for reopening the state will start Friday, May 22 at 5 p.m.

Under Phase 2 of Cooper’s plan, the stay-at-home order has been lifted. The following places will open to limited capacities and with social distancing measures in effect:

  • Dine-in eating
  • Hair and nail salons, barbershops
  • Churches
  • Pools

The following places are still closed during Phase 2:

  • Bars
  • Nightclubs
  • Indoor entertainment venues
  • Public playgrounds

Restaurants will be able to seat patrons again in time for the profitable Memorial Day weekend.

“Not every restaurant will be able to open by Friday evening and some may choose not to open at all.,” Cooper said. “Show them some courtesy patience as they weigh how to best serve their customers and stay safe.”

The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association posted online what appeared to be interim guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services, dated Friday, that would allow restaurants to bring in customers to 50% capacity, with tables at least six feet apart and workers “strongly recommended” to wear face coverings.

“NC restaurants look forward to welcoming you back into our dining rooms,” association CEO Lynn Minges tweeted on Tuesday.

Phase 2 will allow restaurants and bars to open under social distance guidelines limiting capacity. Playgrounds would also be allowed to reopen with some restrictions.

  • Lift Stay At Home order with strong encouragement for vulnerable populations to continue staying at home to stay safe
  • Allow limited opening of restaurants, bars, fitness centers, personal care services, and other businesses that can follow safety protocols including the potential need to reduce capacity
  • Allow gathering at places such as houses of worship and entertainment venues at reduced capacity
  • Increase in number of people allowed at gatherings
  • Open public playgrounds
  • Continue rigorous restrictions on nursing homes and other congregant care settings

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