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COVID-19 Update

Wednesday, August 5

Governor Roy Cooper today announced that North Carolina will remain paused in Safer At Home Phase 2 for another 5 weeks as students and staff return to schools, colleges and universities and the state doubles down on efforts to decrease COVID-19 numbers.

“Other states that lifted restrictions quickly have had to go backward as their hospital capacity ran dangerously low and their cases jumped higher. We will not make that mistake in North Carolina,” said Governor Cooper. “In keeping with our dimmer switch approach with schools opening, and in order to push for decreasing numbers which will keep people healthier and boost our economy, North Carolina will remain paused in Safer At Home Phase 2 for 5 weeks.”

Read the full Press Release here.


Tuesday, July 14

Today, Governor Roy Cooper made an announcement regarding the opening of schools in August. In addition to the announcement about school plans, Governor Cooper shared that North Carolina will remain paused in "Safer At Home Phase 2" after the current Executive Order expires on Friday, July 17.

“As we continue to see rising case numbers and hospitalizations, we will stay in Safer At Home Phase 2 for three more weeks,” said Governor Cooper. “Our re-opening priority is the school building doors, and in order for that to happen we have to work to stabilize our virus trends.”

Once again, this means that the Gem Theatre will remain closed for a minimum of three more weeks. At the end of this period, the situation will be re-evaulated to determine what will happen next. We encourage you to do your part by wearing your masks and participating in the 3Ws; WEAR a mask, WAIT 6 feet, and WASH your hands frequently. We need your help to #slowthespread and #flattenthecurve so we can re-open our doors.


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Governor Roy Cooper announced that "Phase 2" will be pausing for the next three weeks instead of moving forward with "Phase 3" of easing COVID-19 restrictions due to the number of active cases rising in North Carolina. In addition to the pause, the requirement of face masks in most public places was also announced. This means that the Gem Theatre will remain closed for a minimum of three more weeks. At the end of this period, the situation will be re-evaulated to determine what will happen next. We encourage you to do your part by wearing your masks and participating in the 3Ws; WEAR a mask, WAIT 6 feet, and WASH your hands frequently. We need your help to #slowthespread and #flattenthecurve so we can re-open our doors.


Monday, June 1, 2020

North Carolina moved to the Safer At Home "Phase 2" of easing certain COVID-19 restrictions on Friday, May 22. Unfortunately, movie theaters were not included to open back up to the public in this phase and we will continue to remain closed.

The Executive Order continues to encourage the 3 Ws (wear a mask, wait and allow social distancing of at least 6 feet, and wash your hands) while Phase 2 rolls out to continue to limit the spread of the virus. Phase 2 will be in place until data shows the state is prepared to move forward with Phase 3. Phase 3 will likely ease even more restrictions on businesses and increase occupancy and mass gathering limits, but this is subject to the data. Social distancing, hand hygiene and use of cloth face coverings will still be recommended. Depending on state COVID-19 trends, restrictions may be lifted more slowly or some restrictions may have to be reinstated to ensure the health and safety of North Carolinians.

If you have any questions about phase 2 guidelines, please visit the NC.gov fequently asked questions webpage at https://bit.ly/2U137un.


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Effective immediately the Gem Theatre will be closed until further notice.

The health and safety of our employees, customers and our community is our highest priority and for that reason we will suspend operations as of noon on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

We will continue to monitor local, state and federal guidelines to determine when we are able to safely resume providing a healthy and entertaining escape from the very trying times we are all experiencing.

We encourage everyone to utilize the Cabarrus Health Alliance web site as a reliable source of guidance and information. https://www.cabarrushealth.org/

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