The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island--reopening under Phase 2.5 guidelines.

The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island–reopening under Phase 2.5 guidelines.

Good news finally on reopening some facilities. The latest guidance coming from the state will allow museums, gyms and playgrounds to reopen.

It’s not quite COVID reopening 3.0, but it’s an expanded 2.0 so it’s being called Phase 2.5.

Although gyms, museums and playgrounds are allowed to reopen, some facilities still remain closed. Primarily bars and theaters are not allowed to open under Phase 2.5 guidelines.

However, it is important to note that restaurants are open and are allowed to serve drinks. They are restricted 50% of their full occupancy, though.

Although some of the restriction are still in place, this is great news. The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island and the Wright Brothers Museum at the Wright Brothers Memorial are two of the most popular Outer Banks attractions. They will have to operate at 50% capacity, but it’s still wonderful to know they’ll be open once again.

What Will Be Reopening

It’s also great news that fitness centers like the Y will be able to reopen. Capacity is limited to 30%, but at least the local gyms will be able to get people back through the doors.

One of the interesting ways the state looks at things…bowling alleys are considered fitness centers. The OBX Bowling Center in Nags Head will be open with the same restrictions as a gym.

We can’t forget to mention playgrounds are open once again. This one has been really tough on parents with toddlers and young children. And it is sad to see a playground sitting empty day after day after day.

One other change that 2.5 includes—indoor gatherings up to 25 are ok now. Outdoor up to 50.

The fall is looking better than ever on the Outer Banks. Businesses are open, the weather is spectacular and Brindley Beach Vacations is ready to help you have that perfect vacation.