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Here’s what’s happening now:

Masks will no longer be required outdoors beginning Friday, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday.

Another loosened restriction includes an increase in mass gatherings to 100 indoors and 200 outdoors.

Social distancing and capacity limits will remain in place. Masks will still be required indoors.

The decision came after NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen showed updated metrics. The number of cases in the state are still elevated, but level since March 1. [keep reading]
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Wake County will start free Pre-K for 3-year-olds
who are part of families with income 200% under the poverty line, the News & Observer reports. Wake ThreeSchool would begin serving students in fall 2022.

100 children would receive play-based education at 4- and 5-star childcare sites (as rated by the state's Division of Child Development and Early Education) at first, but that number could grow.

More than 4,000 children are eligible, a press release says. Wake ThreeSchool fills a gap of "children who are too old for state-funded infant/toddler services and too young for NC Pre-K." [N&O] [county site]

Scooters are coming back to Raleigh beginning in early May. The city announced a partnership with Bolt (who acquired formerly used Gotcha), Lime and Spin. [city release]

ItsAWrap Eatery, a Vietnamese restaurant, opened last week in Morrisville. The menu includes pho, Bahn Mi sandwiches and vermicelli noodle bowls. Find it at 10970 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville. [site]

Band Together's "Comeback Fest" concert with United Way of the Greater Triangle scheduled for Oct. 23 at Red Hat Amphitheatre announced its lineup: headliner Khruangbin with Lee Fields & the Expressions and Big Daddy Kane. [info

Give input on future faster bus system: The latest news is that the route for the Wake Bus Rapid Transit's southern corridor was approved by the Raleigh and Garner city councils earlier this month, connecting Downtown Raleigh to Garner with a 5-mile route mostly on Wilmington Street.

A virtual open house is going on now, where you can learn more about corridors going all four directions. [city site]

We brought home the bronze! Raleigh Convergence won a national 2020 Local Media Association award, 3rd place among news orgs of all sizes, for the New Neighbor Project! Special thanks to the community ambassadors for this project, Troy Johnson, Susan Murphy, Arlene Brown and Maggie Whittemore! 🏆 [help us do more award-winning work]
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