North Carolina to make "careful step" toward Phase 2 of reopening

Gov. Roy Cooper speaks as House Speaker Tim Moore looks on during a Raleigh briefing

"We owe that to them".

"We saw our largest single-day increase of Covid-19 cases to date", she said, citing an increase of 853 cases from Friday to Saturday.

Pools in North Carolina could reopen to the general public as soon as Friday night, WRAL reported Monday.

The state recorded 19,700 positive COVID-19 cases Tuesday. Since we announced Phase 1, the state's overall key indicators remain stable.

Why can't bars and gyms open in the state's modified Phase 2?

Gov. Roy Cooper is letting North Carolina restaurants, barber shops and salons welcome patrons inside starting this holiday weekend, reporting on Wednesday that the state's COVID-19 trends remain largely stable.

"We want anyone who needs a test to get one". "And that's especially important for vulnerable people who are at risk for more severe illness".

A federal judge last weekend blocked enforcement of a portion of Cooper's current order preventing churches from holding indoor services attended by more than 10 people. This applies to event venues; conference centers; stadiums and sports arenas; amphitheaters; and groups at parks or beaches.

Dever criticized Cooper's order for exempting businesses and companies but not carving out an exception for churches.

Restaurants will be allowed to operate at 50% dine-in capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements.

Some personal-care businesses like hair salons are expected be able to open for the first time in about two months.

Meanwhile, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, also a Democrat, said Monday he will issue draft guidance for reopening restaurants in the next day or two - roughly a week before Polis is likely to allow restaurants in the Centennial State to reopen May 25.

"The court trusts worshipers and their leaders to look after one another and society while exercising their free exercise rights just as they and their fellow citizens (whether religious or not) do when engaged in non-religious activities", Dever said, but still recommended institutions to follow responsible public health guidelines for social distancing.

Cooper said to expect an official announcement about phase two later this week.

Local governments can enact stricter rules if need be, according to Governor Cooper.

What's included in Safer At Home Phase 2?

The Safer At Home Phase 2 runs through at least Friday, June 26. Those establishments were previously going to open under the original Phase 2 plan. "A party will not help us".

As of Tuesday afternoon, there were 19,700 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in North Carolina, and 691 deaths, according to data provided by North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services. More than 255,000 tests have been completed.

"From the beginning, North Carolinians have joined together to confront this crisis". This is, in part, because the state has ramped up testing for the virus-adding 275 testing sites (link) and conducting about 7,500 screenings a day.