Governor decision shuttered businesses next week

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says he’ll announce early next week a decision on whether businesses still shuttered because of COVID-19 will be allowed to reopen.

Cooper’s current executive order expires June 26.

It allows restaurants to have dine-in seating again and for barber shops and hair and nail salons to reopen. But bars, movie theaters and gyms remain closed.

The governor said Monday his decision will be based on science and data. He’s worried about the recent upticks in cases and hospitalizations. But he’s hopeful a “second wave” of cases can be stopped by the public practicing social distancing.

File photo of the Sunrise Theater, a “renovated ’40s movie theater with indie and art-house movies,” that has been closed since March due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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