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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. 

Guided study breaks are one way for students to access the Duke Gardens, which are mostly closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gardens to reopen to public June 1

The Sarah P. Duke Gardens will begin Phase 2 of their reopening on June 1, which will allow access to non-Duke affiliated visitors. Phase 1 began in April and will remain in place through May, but timed tickets will no longer be required for Duke affiliates.