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RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday the state will begin easing some COVID-19 restrictions beginning at 5 p.m. Friday as North Carolina moves into “phase 2.5” of reopening.

“Safer at Home Phase 2.5 continues our state’s dimmer switch approach to easing some restrictions,” Gov. Cooper said. “We can do this safely only if we keep doing what we know works — wearing masks and social distancing. In fact, a new phase is exactly when we need to take this virus even more seriously.”

Mask mandates and other prevention methods remain in effect, but the governor’s announcement paves the way for certain businesses and attractions to reopen. Phase 2.5 means the following for North Carolina:

  • Mass gathering limits will increase to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors from the current limit of 10 indoors and 25 outdoors. 
  • Playgrounds may open. 
  • Museums and aquariums may open at 50% capacity. 
  • Gyms and indoor exercise facilities, such as yoga studios, martial arts, and rock climbing, as well as skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor basketball, volleyball, etc., may open 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. 

In addition, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen issued a secretarial order allowing for outdoor visitation at nursing homes or skilled nursing facilities. To participate, nursing homes must meet several requirements. The secretarial order is effective as of Friday at 5 p.m. and remains in effect through Tuesday, Sept. 22.

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Well done Governor Cooper, you've handled this pandemic with thoughtful and informed leadership! I can only imagine how another governor (i.e. Pat McCrory) would have bungled this.


"The Big COVID Con Exposed." By Brian C. Joondeph, M.D. Quoting, in part, "The new CDC statistics show that only 6,640 deaths are due to COVID alone, rather than the commonly reported 164,280 deaths allegedly associated with COVID. In other words, only 4 percent of media sensationalized deaths were due solely to COVID and not other underlying medical conditions."


Actual facts matter "The CDC said 6 percent died of COVID-19 alone, 94 percent died of the coronavirus and contributing conditions, some of which may have been caused by the virus."

We have an obesity and diabetes epidemic in this country. Both comorbidity factors. The word hoax is tossed about like a Frisbee, cant trust the scientists, can't trust anyone but trump and hannity. I wondered how long it would be before the cdc report was twisted to fit the far right agenda. The prolific commentators here never disappoint. I am sure it is a great comfort to the families of the dead that only 6% died of covid alone. Sheesh!


Joe: Psst....Hey Jill, will you buy me some loafers?

Jill: Sure Joe, but why?

Joe: I forgot how to tie my shoes.


The above info could relieve some of the angst for younger folks but there's still need for concern amongst the elderly & health compromised. Obviously, the virus has hastened the deaths of those two segments of our population. The president shut down China & Europe for good reason. Leaving it to individual while providing help was & is logical.


Add word "states" after word "individual".

sick and tired

One death is one too many but we can't prevent death. It will come to every one eventually. If we contribute ALL 180,000 deaths to civid, and 6 million Infected(on record) that have covid isn't that roughly 3%? I might be off on the math so if I am someone correct me. But 3% mortality rate is just 1% higher than the yearly flu according to the percentages I found on the CDC website.


I beleive the death from flu is .02

A good flu yr is 12k dead a bad year is 65k dead we are on track for 300k by end of year thats 5x worse then the flu in a bad yr.


Do you think Coop will allow in-person voting this year?

David Collins

I read a similar report yesterday . The number posted was between 10 and 11 K for Covid alone . It really does not matter . Sort of like arguing about how many angles can stand on the head of a pin .

Covid is bad news with many side affects depending on your predisposition for disease . Everyone is a bit different . Best to do your best to avoid infection , just like any other ailment .

Good question about in person voting . My bride sent in her absentee ballot request in July . Still no news as of yet and the elections office is but 12 miles away . One can only wonder .

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