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WRAL News Poll: 52% support N.C. reopening 'around June 1' or later

Four state legislators who participated in a webinar on Monday hosted by the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce were split much like their constituents about when to reopen the state.

 Sen. Chuck Edwards and Rep. Pat McElraft both raised concerns about COVID-19’s impact to tourism just weeks before Memorial Day.

“Small businesses are really crippled," said Edwards. “There are clearly some businesses that are not going to make not through this. I believe we are going to see a lot of folks in the workforce have to go look for other jobs and develop other skills.”

The governor outlined a gradual reopening plan on Thursday, announcing Phase 1 could start as soon as May 9 and Phase 2 would be implemented two to three weeks later.