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Gov. Cooper eases COVID-19 restrictions; mask mandate and social distancing still remains

Gov. Cooper's newest Executive Order, which goes into effect on Friday, March 26, will ease capacity limits at several businesses in the state.

Richard DeVayne, Kendall Morris, Vanessa Ruffes (WCNC), Hunter Sáenz (WCNC), Meilin Tompkins

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With North Carolina's COVID-19 metrics continuing their downward trend, Gov. Roy Cooper announced that he will ease the COVID-19 restrictions for the state. 

“Our fast and fair vaccine distribution and our sustained progress with the COVID-19 metrics tell us we can move forward with easing restrictions if we do it safely,” Cooper said. 

Executive Order No. 204 will take effect March 26 at 5 p.m. is set to expire April 30 at 5 p.m.