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WILMINGTON (AP) — Officials in a North Carolina beach town are scaling back their restrictions to allow visitors to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend.

The town of Wrightsville Beach has announced that it will allow all beach activities to resume as of Wednesday afternoon, including sunbathing, fishing and games, news outlets reported. Previously, the town had allowed access to its beach only for exercise purposes.

In addition, the town will also allow short-term rentals to resume, and has opened six of its public parking lots to beachgoers, a total of 329 spaces. All on-street parking will remain closed to the public, and only residents with current parking hang tags or tax decals will be permitted to park on the street.

On Wednesday, Gov. Roy Cooper announced restaurants, barber shops and hair salons could welcome patrons inside starting this holiday weekend, citing state COVID-19 trends remaining largely stable.

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