Reopening Phase May 8, 2020

NC Governor Announces Phase 1 Reopen Plans for Friday, May 8

Information provided by NCRMA

Governor Roy Cooper held a press conference at 5pm today (Tuesday, May 5) to announce that North Carolina will enter phase 1 of North Carolina’s re-open plan beginning this Friday, May 8 at 5:00 pm. The stay-at-home Executive Order (EO) 121 was extended in EO 135 and was set to expire on Friday.  Executive Order 121 and 135 enacted stay-at-home requirements in place since March 30 that designated retailers as either essential or non-essential.

Governor Cooper signed new Executive Order 138. While EO 138 does not lift the stay-at-home order, it replaces previous executive orders (Eos 121, 131 and 135) to begin Phase 1 this Friday, May 8 at 5pm. The order is set to expire on Friday, May 22 at 5pm at which point the Governor will examine whether North Carolina will enter Phase 2.

Executive Order 138
Executive Order 138 FAQ
Phase 1 Side-by-Side Comparison Graphic
Governor’s Press Release on EO 138

COVID-19 Data and Trends

Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Mandy Cohen, began by emphasizing three “W’s” to the general public as we enter Phase 1: Wear a face covering, wash your hands, and wait six feet apart.

What new Executive Order 138 means for your business:

The following businesses remain closed during Phase 1:

All retail businesses open to the public are required to:

Retail businesses are also strongly encouraged to:

High-volume retail businesses, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, are strongly encouraged to:

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