In March, all the announcements after the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament was canceled on March 12 were about cancelations. In May it looks like the announcements will be about reopening.
No word yet on when the Greensboro Coliseum will open for business or when the Tanger Center for the Performing Arts will open for the very first time, since the grand opening scheduled for March 20 was canceled, but Greensboro city hall will go back to its regular hours on Monday, June 8.
The building, which has been closed to the public, will also be open to the public again on that date. Since March 26, Greensboro city hall has been closed to the public except for those coming to pay water bills or sign up for water service, and remained open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The process and schedule for reopening the recreation centers and libraries will be announced at a later time.
The stay-at-home executive order from Gov. Roy Cooper was lifted on May 22, under Phase 2 of the reopening process. Phase 2 also allows restaurants, barbershops, hair salons, nail salons and many other businesses closed by the stay-at-home order to reopen under tight restrictions, including that the legal capacity is reduced to half of the official fire capacity and social distancing of at least six feet must be maintained.
City Manager David Parrish in the press release about reopening city hall said, “This schedule allows staff a full two weeks to prepare and make any necessary modifications following the completion of Governor Cooper’s Stay-at-Home Order Phase 1. Visitors will see enhanced safeguards for customer service areas including shields, social distancing signage, additional PPE and hand sanitizer. We are taking these precautions for the safety of the public and of our staff. As always though, we will monitor and make changes to this schedule if needed based on local, state and national trends or additional orders from the governor.”
At the last Greensboro City Council meeting the council discussed requiring everyone in the city to wear masks, so, in light of that, reopening city hall on Monday, June 8 is moving pretty quickly.