N.C. Gov. Cooper signs executive order to increase occupancy capacity at businesses, entertainment venues


RALEIGH, N.C. (WAVY/WNCN) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said he is signing an executive order on Tuesday that will continue to ease COVID-19 restrictions that include increasing the maximum occupancy at some businesses.

“Strong safety protocols, including the mask mandate, will remain in place. It will be as important as ever to stay socially distant and use good judgment,” Cooper said.

Museums, aquariums, retail businesses and shops, barbers/salons/personal care shops can open at 100 percent capacity.

Restaurants, breweries and wineries, amusement parts and gyms and pools can open at 75 percenet capacity.

Bars, sports arena and other live performance venues can open at 50 percent capacity.

The order goes into effect on March 26.

“This virus and its more contagious variants are still spreading, and we may even need to be more careful as we ease restrictions in that we will likely come into contact with more people when we leave our homes and go into public places,” Cooper said.

Dr. Mandy Cohen with the state Department of Health and Human and Services said 31.7 percent of North Carolinians over the age of 18 are partially vaccinated against the virus.

Cohen said 18.8 percent are fully vaccinated.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,062 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday along with 18 new deaths related to the virus.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper along with the state’s Coronavirus Task Force gives a press briefing regarding the latest COVID-19 updates Tuesday afternoon.

State Health officials administered 15,613 tests Tuesday. The state’s daily percent positivity is back on the rise at 6.3%.

Although health officials reported an additional 32 new patients hospitalized due to the virus, North Carolina’s overall current hospitalization is still below 1,000 at 956 patients hospitalized overall.

There were also 18 additional COVID-19 related deaths reported. So far, COVID-19 has taken the lives of 11,854 people in North Carolina

Tuesday Metrics:

  • Total cases: 899,164
  • Newly reported cases: 1,062
  • Completed tests: 11,057,814
  • Currently hospitalized: 956
  • Total deaths: 11,854
  • Daily percent positive: 6.3%

Local Cases:

  • Bertie: 1,689 cases – 41 deaths
  • Camden: 619 cases – 5 deaths
  • Chowan: 1,392 cases – 22 deaths
  • Currituck: 1,441 cases – 15 deaths
  • Dare: 1,948 cases – 8 deaths
  • Hertford: 1,989 cases – 63 deaths
  • Gates: 697 cases – 12 deaths
  • Pasquotank: 3,158 cases – 78 deaths
  • Perquimans: 9340 cases – 9 deaths

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