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Afternoon News Update, 3/25/21

By Sophia Lyons

In campus news, App State students can expect Fall 2021 to look much closer to the way Fall 2019 did. The Appalachian reports that in a campus update, Chancellor Sheri Everts said that because App State is a vaccine distribution site, a successful vaccination program and continued vigilance could mean returning to in-person work and class. The university has hosted two vaccination clinics thus far.

From around the state, businesses can return to serving alcohol as late as 2 a.m. and have increased gathering limits starting tomorrow, March 26. The Appalachian reports that Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 204 allows restaurants, retail businesses and some exercise facilities to host 75% capacity indoors and 100% capacity outside. Bars, sports arenas and other indoor venues can host 50% capacity. The mass gathering limit also increases to 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors.

In national news, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to more personal protective equipment washing up in the Pacific Ocean. The Buffalo News reports masks, gloves, and other personal protective equipment in high demand right now usually include at least some plastic, which can harm marine life as it degrades. Conservationists recommend cutting the loops on disposable masks to help prevent animals getting caught in them.

Your Boone weather comes from Thursday will be cloudy with rain developing for a high in the lower 60s. Thursday night will be rainy with thunder possible, gusty wind and a low in the lower 50s.

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