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Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that North Carolina would move into Phase 3 of reopening Friday at 5 p.m.

North Carolina lifts most coronavirus restrictions

The announcement came one day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated guidelines on masking. All capacity and gathering limits and social distancing requirements have been lifted statewide. Masks will still be required in certain situations including crowded areas, public transit, schools and certain public health settings.