Message to the College on Coronavirus: Governor Cooper Moves State to Phase 3
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced earlier today the state will move into Phase 3 of easing COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Phase 3 will go into effect Friday, Oct. 2, at 5 p.m.
Under phase 3:
- Movie theaters and conference centers can operate at 30% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less.
- Bars may operate at 30% outdoor capacity or 100 people, whichever is less.
- Small outdoor venues that hold fewer than 10,000 people can operate at 30% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less.
- Large outdoor venues that hold 10,000 or more can operate at 7% capacity.
- Outdoor amusement parks can operate at 30% capacity.
Among the continued requirements:
- Face coverings remain mandatory for people over age 5.
- Mass gatherings remain limited to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.
- The existing alcohol curfew is extended.
The college continues to offer its fall classes in multiple formats – online, hybrid, blended, and face-to-face. (Hybrid and blended courses include both online and some face-to-face instruction.) Short session fall classes begin Oct. 14, and Nov. 11.
For students who attend classes on campus, please read the Student Guide to Returning to Campus carefully. It’s important you follow all of the safety practices detailed in the guide. These include wearing a face covering, keeping a social distance from others, washing your hands frequently, self-monitoring for possible COVID-19 symptoms, and staying home if you feel ill at all.
Employees are encouraged to read the Guide for Returning to Campus to learn how to best keep their teammates and students as healthy and safe as possible going forward.
Thank you for all that you continue to do to keep our community safe and healthy during this unprecedented time.