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North Carolina on Pace to Lift COVID-19 Restrictions

North Carolina is set to lift some social distancing, capacity and mass gathering COVID-19 restrictions by June 1, Governor Roy Cooper announced Wednesday) April 21.

The estimated timeline is just days after the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 30. It is not yet known the amount of fans that will be allowed at the track.

The state has given out more than 6.5 million vaccines; 46.9% of adults are at least partially vaccinated, while 35.1% are fully vaccinated. All residents 16 years of age and older are eligible to get the vaccine.

According to the release from the Cooper, mask mandates are anticipated to be lifted when two thirds of adults are vaccinated. The state also anticipates to ease other public health recommendations.

“We are at an exciting moment. We now have enough vaccine for everyone,” Mandy K. Cohen, North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, said. “If you are 16 and older, it is your turn to join the more than 3.6 million North Carolinians who have already taken their first shot. It’s up to you to get us to the two thirds goal as quickly as possible so we can live with this virus and begin to put this pandemic behind us.”

About the author

Joy joined Frontstretch in 2019 as a NASCAR DraftKings writer, expanding to news and iRacing coverage in 2020. She's currently an assistant editor and involved with photos, social media and news editing. A California native, Joy was raised as a motorsports fan and started watching NASCAR extensively in 2001. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Bakersfield in 2010.

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