Orange County takes another step forward in reopening
Following the state’s lead, Orange County moved into Governor Roy Cooper’s Phase 2.5 of the statewide Sept. 4, at 5 p.m. with a few exceptions.
The county has amended its state of emergency declaration to align with the state plan except on mass gathering limits and the expiration date. State restrictions under Executive Order 163 will remain in effect in Orange County through Oct. 31 despite the state expiration date of Oct. 2.
In Orange County, the limit on mass gatherings will remain at 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors. This limit will be reconsidered when the county’s positivity rate for COVID tests decreases to 5%. It is currently at almost 10%, according to data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS).
“We need the community to partner with us in order to get the positivity rate down to 5% for a sustained amount of time,” said Penny Rich, chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners. “Any indoor and outdoor gatherings still require strict adherence to the three Ws: Wear a face covering over your mouth and nose, wait 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household, and wash your hands regularly.” Read more here.