Authorities in North Carolina will maintain Phase 3 of the state's economic recovery plan through Nov. 13 due to increases in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity.
Under Phase 3, indoor and outdoor gathering limits are restricted to 25 and 50 people respectively. Gyms and indoor recreation centers may open at 30-percent capacity; museums and aquariums may open at 50-percent capacity. A 2300 curfew for the sale of alcohol at restaurants and bars is in effect. Movie theaters, conference centers, outdoor sections of bars and nightclubs, small outdoor entertainment venues, music halls, and live performance venues may operate at 30-percent capacity or 100 people, whichever is less. Amusement parks may also operate at 30-percent capacity. Outdoor venues with a seating capacity of more than 10,000 may operate at 7-percent capacity.
Open establishments must adhere to certain mandates aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, such as the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), limitations on operating capacity, compliance with social-distancing standards, and enhanced sanitization procedures, among other things. All businesses must allow employees to work from home whenever possible. All residents 11 years of age and older must wear protective facemasks while at indoor public locations or while using private or public transport. Local authorities may impose additional restrictions within their jurisdictions if they believe it is necessary for public health.
Transport and business disruptions are likely to continue. Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.