Governor Anticipates Lifting Capacity, Mass Gathering Restrictions by June 1
Cooper to issue executive order next week for May
N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper announced an optimistic summer outlook at a Tuesday press conference: “With increasing vaccinations and ongoing work to slow the spread, I anticipate we’ll be able to lift all mandatory social distancing, capacity, and mass gathering restrictions by June 1,” Cooper said. “I plan to issue an executive order next week outlining safety restrictions for the month of May.”
The news comes after vaccine requirements recently opened up, so that any adult in the state can get them. Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, says if two-thirds of North Carolinians get vaccines, the state will have a normal summer, including Fourth of July celebrations, parades, and no masks.
“We all know what we need to do to move beyond this. Wear our masks,” Cooper says. “Be responsible. Use good judgment. Get vaccinated. We are so close. Together we will get through this and come out stronger on the other side.”