In light of the continued progress the state has achieved in its key COVID-19 metrics, and the reduced risk of transmission of COVID-19 in outdoor settings, Governor Cooper has issued Order 209 which becomes effective April 30th. Here are the key facts you need to know as this order goes into effect.
What are the major changes under this Order?
This Order lifts the requirement that Face Coverings be worn outdoors anytime that social distancing of at least six (6) feet cannot consistently be maintained from non-household members. Under this Order, Face Coverings are no longer required in any outdoor setting.
The indoor mass gathering limit is raised to one hundred (100) persons and the outdoor mass gathering limit is raised to two hundred (200) persons.
Larger venues, auditoriums, amphitheaters, arenas, and other venues for live performances may be eligible to admit guests at a higher capacity provided the venue receives pre-approval from NCDHHS of its health and safety plan.
Are other public health precautions still in place?
Yes. North Carolinians must still be vigilant in adhering to the 3 Ws (Wear a Face Covering, Wait at least 6 feet apart, and Wash your hands often!) Businesses must be persistent in practicing public health and safety protocols.
What are the capacity limits under this Order?
Indoors and Outdoors up to 100%, subject to 6 ft. social distancing
Museums and Aquariums Retail Businesses Salons, personal care and grooming businesses, tattoo parlors
Indoors up to 75% and Outdoors up to 100%, subject to 6 ft. social distancing
Restaurants Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries Recreation (e.g., bowling, skating, rock climbing) Fitness and Physical Activity Facilities (e.g., gyms, yoga studios, fitness centers) Pools Amusement Parks
Indoors and Outdoors up to 50%, subject to 6 ft. social distancing
Bars Meeting, Reception, and Conference Spaces Lounges (including tobacco) and Night Clubs Auditoriums, Arenas, and other venues for live performances Sports Arenas and Fields (includes professional, collegiate, and amateur) Movie Theaters Gaming Facilities Movie theaters and gaming facilities may operate at 75% capacity outdoors.
Are spectators allowed at sporting events, including youth, high school, collegiate, and professional events?
Yes, spectators are allowed both indoors and outdoors at sporting events. At indoor and outdoor sporting events, the facility must limit spectators to 50% of the facility’s stated fire capacity. Capacity limits for sporting events do not include the players, coaches, and officiants.
In June 2021, the Governor anticipates lifting most social distancing and capacity measures in the current Order. The Governor will continue to take a science and data-driven approach to evaluating the need for public health measures to curb the spread of the virus and to advance the state’s economy in a safe and effective way, which is in the best interests of all North Carolinians.
Let’s do our part to get our North Carolina open again!!!!
COVID-19 can affect anyone, and the disease can cause symptoms ranging from mild to very severe. For some other illnesses caused by respiratory viruses (such as influenza), some people may be more likely to have severe illness than others because they have characteristics or medical conditions that increase their risk. These are commonly called “risk factors.” Examples include older age or having certain underlying medical conditions.
When selecting a mask, there are many choices. Here are some do’s and don’ts. Do choose masks that
Wear a gaiter with two layers, or fold it to make two layers
Find a mask that is made for children to help ensure proper fit. Check to be sure the mask fits snugly over the nose and mouth and under the chin and that there are no gaps around the sides. Do NOT put on children younger than 2 years old
Reusable masks should be washed regularly. Always remove masks correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching a used mask.
What you should know:
In mid-April, Ride United NC will begin connecting eligible individuals who already have a COVID-19 vaccine appointment to roundtrip transportation with the help of United Way of the Greater Triangle and @lyft, in partnership with @ncdotcom and others.
Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Approved for Teens. Keep them safe, in school and with friends.
The tested, safe and effective Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now available for teens ages 12 and up. Young people are vulnerable to the virus, just like everyone else. Getting your teen vaccinated is the best way to protect them, prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect family members and others.
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will help keep teens safe during in-person classes and get them back to safely being with their family and friends.
Hanging out with friends, sports, choirs, camps, drama clubs and vacations — vaccinations for teens will bring back those special summer experiences that they’ve missed out on.
The NC Department of Health and Human Services is asking people to remember these three things as we stay strong and continue to slow the spread of COVID-19.
If you leave home, practice your Ws: Wear, Wait, Wash
These actions can protect our families and neighbors as the state works to ease restrictions while the virus is still circulating. All North Carolinians are encouraged to share this message in their businesses and through their organizations.
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
We are delighted to begin welcoming you back to in person worship and can’t wait to begin seeing you all!
We are continuing to follow CDC Guidelines as we return, so we will ask all attendees to sign in upon arrival, and your temperature will also be taken.
For your continued safety and protection, there are important guidelines and expectations that have been established that we would ask everyone to adhere to as we begin the process of coming back to in-person worship on Sunday, May 2nd.