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NC governor: Outdoor venues could reopen at reduced capacity

Large outdoor venues in North Carolina that can seat more than 10,000 could soon reopen with capacity limits and other restrictions.
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Governor Roy Cooper answers a question during a briefing at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

RICHMOND, Va. — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says large outdoor venues could soon reopen at significantly reduced capacity as part of a move closer to a Phase 3 reopening. 

Cooper, a Democrat, plans to ease other Phase 2 restrictions in addition to entertainment venues when his current executive order expires on Oct. 2, he said at a news conference Tuesday. 

Places that can seat more than 10,000 people outside would be able to operate at 7% capacity while adhering to social distancing guidelines. 

If the state's COVID-19 trends remain steady or improve, sports teams like the Carolina Panthers could host several thousand fans that are masked and kept physically distant.