North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced the state will move to phase 2.5 of reopening during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The state will enter the new phase on Friday at 5 p.m. ET, Cooper said during a news briefing on Tuesday.
"We're encouraged to see North Carolina holding steady on most and decreasing on some of our key data metrics," Cooper said.
"Because of our stable numbers, today we're ready to take a careful step forward," he added.
What's changing: In this new phase, mass gathering limits will increase to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors from the current limit of 10 indoors and 25 outdoors. Large venues will remain subject to these limits.
Playgrounds may open, while museums and aquariums may do so at 50% capacity. Gyms and indoor exercise facilities can open at 30% capacity.
Bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, indoor entertainment facilities, amusement parks and dance halls will remain closed.