Gov. Cooper eases COVID-19 restrictions; curfew lifted, masks stay
RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) – Gov. Roy Cooper said he will lift the modified stay-at-home order, but not remove a mask requirement for state residents.
Cooper said despite grim statistics, showing more than 11,000 deaths, the governor said there is reason for hope.
He said more than half of those 65 and older have now been vaccinated, while teachers and daycare workers are starting to get their shots.
The 10:00 p.m. curfew began December 8th and has been extended several times by the governor. It was set to expire on Sunday. Most businesses had to close to the public between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., while on-site alcohol sales ended at 9 p.m.
The governor said many businesses will now be able to stay at or expand to 50% occupancy.
“As long as people come back carefully, it can help these…