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Gov. Roy Cooper will hold a news conference Wednesday at 2 p.m. and is expected to discuss the possibility of easing the current COVID-19 restrictions.

As it stands currently, North Carolina bars and restaurants are allowed to operate at limited capacity, along with a strict 10 p.m. curfew. Two of the conditions expected to be relaxed by Cooper after he allowed schools to reopen across the state last week.

North Carolina health director Dr. Mandy Cohen addressed the possibility of some news about restrictions on the way.

“The governor is looking at ways we can ease restrictions going forward. I think he’ll be announcing those later this week,” said Cohen on Monday.

What this means for businesses who’ve dealt with hardships due to COVID-19 is possible relief ahead of the spring and summer months. The North Carolina Bar and Tavern Association asked state leaders to end the curfew and allow restaurants and bars to allow more customers inside.

They believe Cooper will grant more capacity in establishments and the curfew will be taken away on Wednesday.

No word from Cooper’s office on the announcement later today, or how it will impact businesses across the state in the coming days.

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