Phase One of North Carolina's reopening will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday.
The Stay at Home order will remain in place, however, it will be modified to allow for more reasons to leave home and more commercial activity, he said.
Most businesses, Cooper said, will be able to open in Phase One.
Retail businesses can open at 50% capacity with frequent cleaning and social distancing.
Parks and trails are encouraged to reopen.
Certain businesses such as salons, bars, theaters and gyms will remain closed. Those businesses, Cooper said, are ones that are difficult to maintain social distancing.
Restaurants will continue to be takeout and delivery only.There are still significant concerns about gatherings of more than 10 people indoors, Cooper said.
Gatherings are still limited to 10 people but gathering outdoors with friends is allowed.
Employers are still encouraged to telework when possible.
Childcare centers that follow strict cleaning requirements can open for working parents or those looking for work.
Worship services of more than 10 people are allowed outdoors if socially distanced."
We have flattened the curve but we haven't eliminated COVID-19," Cooper said.
When leaving the house, it's suggested to wear a face covering, wait six feet apart from other people and wash your hands.
The masks, Cooper said, are primarily beneficial to make sure people don't share germs before finding out they have the virus.
The order for Phase One is set to expire May 22 but it could be extended for longer if the state deems it necessary, Cooper said during his announcement.