North Carolina will move into the second phase of its three-phase reopen plan Friday, allowing restaurants, barber shops and salons to reopen to the public.
Gov. Roy Cooper signed Executive Order 141 which will go into affect Friday at 5 p.m. when Executive Order 138 – which sent the state into the first phase – expires.
The second phase will last at least until June 26.
Cooper said the state needs to take a more modest step in the second phase than originally hoped due to a sustained day-over-day increase of COVID-19 cases.
The state will move from a stay-at-home order to a “safer-at-home” order.
The mass gathering restriction is 10 indoors and 25 outdoors.
Restaurants will be able to open at 50 percent capacity.
They are required to:
• Ensure social distancing by arranging tables and seating to ensure a 6-foot separation between parties.
• Clearly post their reduced capacity, signage reminding customers to maintain social distancing and asking those who have been symptomatic with a fever or cough not enter.
• Mark six feet in spacing in lines at high-traffic areas
• Routinely clean and disinfect high-touch areas and increase their efforts in peak times and wipe off shared objects between uses.
• Promote frequent hand washing and hand sanitizer for staff upon reporting to work and throughout shifts.
• Conduct daily symptom screening of employees using a questionnaire. If employees have symptoms when they arrive to work or become sick, they should be immediately separated and sent home to isolate.
Barbershops, salons, tattoo and other personal care businesses will be able to open at 50 percent capacity with face covering and sanitizing requirements.
Pools will also be able to open also at 50 percent capacity.
Some other businesses forced to close like bars, gyms, and other indoor entertainment and fitness facilities will not be able to open because there is an increased risk for infection in those locations.
Worship services are exempt from the order, but Cooper recommended that those services follow social distancing guidelines.