N.C.'s Phase 2.5: What You Need to Know

Gov. Roy Cooper announced a modest step forward into Safer at Home Phase 2.5 earlier this week. The state will move into the new phase at 5 PM on Friday, September 4.

Phase 2.5 means the following changes for N.C. residents:

  • Mass gathering limits are increased to 25 people indoors (50 people outdoors) from the previous limit of 10 indoors (25 outdoors)
  • Playgrounds may open
  • Museums and aquariums may open at 50% capacity
  • Gyms and indoor exercise facilities (including yoga and martial arts studios and indoor courts for basketball, volleyball, etc.) may open at 30% capacity
  • Skating rinks and bowling alleys may open at 30% capacity

In addition, outdoor visitation at nursing homes or skilled nursing facilities may be allowed. Nursing homes must not currently be experiencing an outbreak for outdoor visitation to be permitted. They must also have a testing plan and updated written Infection Control or Preparedness plan for COVID-19 and have adequate personal protective equipment. 

What hasn't changed under Phase 2.5:

  • Bars and nightclubs remain closed
  • Movie theaters and indoor entertainment venues remain closed
  • Amusement parks remain closed. 
  • Large venues remain subject to the mass gathering limits
  • Mask mandates and other prevention methods remain in effect 

Read the State of N.C. release on Safer at Home Phase 2.5