Message to the College on Coronavirus: Governor Cooper Eases Some COVID-19 Restrictions

In a February 24, news conference, N.C. Governor Roy Cooper announced he will begin to ease some statewide COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. The current statewide curfew or state-at-home order was set to expire February 28.

Restrictions being reduced include:

  • Alcohol sales cutoff at restaurants and bars will be extended from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Bars will be able to open indoors at 30% capacity or 250 people, whichever is less. The order takes effect Friday at 5 p.m. and lasts until March 26.
  • Movie theaters are allowed to operate now at 30% capacity, with a cap of 250 people.
  • Outdoor amphitheaters and concert venues can reopen at 30% capacity.
  • The statewide curfew for all non-essential travel from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. also is expiring, so restaurants and bars will be able to extend their hours.
  • More spectators will be allowed at high school, college and professional sports events. The number allowed will depend on the venue size. Arenas with a capacity of as many as 5,000 people will be able to open with up to 15% capacity, as long as they follow safety protocols.

For more information and resources on COVID-19, please visit the college's coronavirus information page.