North Carolina will extend their stay-at-home order until May 8, Gov. Roy Cooper said at a news conference Thursday.
The governor said his state isn’t ready to lift restrictions despite progress they have made in flattening the coronavirus curve.
Cooper said that despite successes in social distancing, “we’re not quite there yet” and that they need “more time to slow the virus.”
Cooper unveiled a three-part plan to open up after May 8, if trends continue in a downward trajectory:
- With phase 1, stay-at-home orders would remain, but some businesses would be allowed to open.
- Phase 2 would actually lift stay-at-home orders vulnerable populations would be encouraged to stay home. Places of worship, bars and restaurants could operate with reduced capacities.
- Restrictions for vulnerable populations would lessen during phase 3 but also allow increased capacities at businesses and public gatherings.
If infection rates spike or trends move in the wrong direction, North Carolina says they’re prepared to move to a previous phase so as to protect the public’s health.
And since North Carolina is the “Home of NASCAR," Cooper said that they are looking at a plan that would allow racing, but not allow fans in the stands. They will also announce plans tomorrow for North Carolina school districts and their semesters.