Federal Judge Overrules North Carolina's Restrictions On Worship

Courtesy of NCDPS

North Carolina is in the midst of a three-phase plan to reopen the state in the wake of the shelter-in-place order that went into effect at the end of March.

So, what will not be open in this new phase?

"We will keep a close eye on what is happening in Georgia and SC to make determinations about us going into additional phases and what we might need to do to protect ourselves", Cooper said.

Hurricane Season is starting as the first Atlantic storm of the year approaches the North Carolina coast.

Trajectory in COVID-Like Illness (CLI) Surveillance Over 14 Days North Carolina's syndromic surveillance trend for COVID-like illness is decreasing. But North Carolina may not enter the next phase May 22, the earliest date Cooper has set for the next round.

In addition to these metrics, the state continues building capacity to be able to adequately respond to an increase in virus spread.

North Carolina has more than doubled the daily testing rate with more than 8,000 tests completed daily on average. "While our office disagrees with the decision, we will not appeal, but instead urge houses of worship and their leaders to voluntarily follow public health guidance to keep their members safe".

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Supply chains continue to improve.

Phase II would be a significant change in the way life is conducted in the state as restaurants and bars would be permitted to reopen and the "stay-home" order would be lifted.

Certain businesses will be open at limited capacity with other requirements and recommendations including: restaurants at 50% dine-in capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements; personal care businesses, including salons and barbers, at 50% capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements; pools at 50% capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements.

Because the virus can be easily spread, mass-gathering-limits in phase two will be no more than 10 people indoors or 25 people in an outdoor setting.

Cohen stressed any opening would likely require less than full capacity at pools, with a spacing of chairs around the pool and the wearing of face coverings when not in the pool.

The churches, Dever wrote, "have pledged to practice social distancing and other public health guidelines".

Under Phase One, while people are still asked to stay-at-home when possible, they can leave for more reasons.

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