On April 28, Gov. Roy Cooper announced that the mask mandate would end statewide, but only for outdoor areas. That means that unless you are entering a business, office, school or any other indoor area, you do not need to wear your mask. Governor Cooper still insists that the pandemic is not yet over, and urges citizens to take safety precautions this summer.
The CDC has laid out new guidelines, stating that groups of vaccinated people gathering in public are safe to remove their masks. It is still encouraged –but not required– to wear a mask around those who are unvaccinated. Beginning June 1, more NC restrictions are planning to be lifted or eased. Governor Cooper claims that he will put an end to social distancing heading into summer, and capacity/gathering restrictions will also be lifted.
As of April 26, around 40% of all adults statewide have been fully vaccinated, with almost half of the adult population partially vaccinated at the time. For reference, someone is considered to be fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or after their single Johnson & Johnson dose. Cooper is pushing for at least 2/3 of North Carolina’s population to be vaccinated by the end of May, hoping for an easy transition into summer activities and easing of restrictions.
After over a year, the curve finally seems to be flattening. A return to normalcy seems almost inevitable as the vaccine is rolled out to the majority of adults and teens. In time things will look no different than they did in 2019, and business and schooling will be normal once again.