More bills seek to increase attendance at NC school events

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Myrtle Grove Christian School has graduation ceremony outdoors on May 26, 2020. (Photo: WWAY)

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — More North Carolina state legislators are trying to get more spectators at school sporting events or college graduations that are beyond what Gov. Roy Cooper’s COVID-19 latest executive order allows.

The House voted on Wednesday for two bills that attempt to raise the capacity of venues from Cooper’s 30% limit to as high as 50%. One measure would apply statewide and include K-12 schools, community colleges and University of North Carolina campuses.

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Another bill would apply to outdoor sporting events at public and private K-12 schools in roughly a dozen counties.

The Senate has approved separate measures focused on outdoor high school sporting events.