NC Gov. Cooper announces 7% capacity for larger outdoor venues starting Oct. 2

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper held a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Currently, North Carolina is in the midst of  Safer At Home Phase 2.5; under this approach, which is set to expire Oct. 2, restaurants, retail stores, salons, gyms and parks are allowed to open. However, bars remain closed.

During his press conference, Cooper announced that stadiums may now allow up to seven percent capacity — starting next Friday, Oct. 2.

In a previous stance, Cooper didn’t give stadiums clearance to host fans; that changed last week, though, when the parents of players were allowed to attend games.

Prior to the start of the 2020 ACC football season, North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest all said that no fans would be in attendance for fall sporting events in the month of September. Around the same time, Duke announced that no fans would be allowed for an indefinite period.

This doesn’t mean that these schools will immediately open the gates to seven percent capacity; however, it’s a possibility now if they want.

  • North Carolina
    • Next home game: Virginia Tech, Oct. 10
    • 7 percent capacity: 3,500
  • NC State
    • Next home game: Duke, Oct. 17
    • 7 percent capacity: 4,000
  • Duke
    • Next home game: Virginia Tech, Oct. 3
    • 7 percent capacity: 2,800
  • Wake Forest
    • Next home game: Notre Dame, Sept. 26 (Postponed)
      • First in October: Campbell, Oct. 9
    • 7 percent capacity: 2,200


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