North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday immediately ended the state's capacity limits on businesses and nearly all the remaining statewide mask-wearing mandates, returning the state to almost normal operations after 15 months marked by COVID-19 lockdowns and limits.
The child care industry was hit severely by the COVID-19 pandemic. One-third of childcare jobs were lost in 2020. One in six jobs still have not returned to the field, causing a severe shortage in child care providers.