Daily Archives: May 5, 2020

State officials call Phase One ‘cautious step forward’

By John Trump | Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper is easing restrictions on North Carolinians because of COVID-19, but the stay-at-home order remains in place. Cooper said Tuesday, May, 5, that he signed an executive order allowing the state to enter Phase One of a plan to reopen the state, though restaurants, private clubs, hair salons, and gyms will remain closed. “We are easing restrictions in a data-driven way,” Cooper said in a news conference. Phase One begins Friday at 5 p.m., and Phase Two, which further eases restrictions, could begin May 22, if key metrics regar…