Governor Roy Cooper has announced additional restrictions will be eased under his most recent executive order, which will be in effect through June 1 at the earliest.
The indoor mass gathering limit has increased to 100 people, but face coverings are still required indoors if non-household members are present, regardless of social distancing. This requirement includes all employees and customers of retail businesses, restaurants and personal care businesses. Exceptions include people with medical conditions and children under 5. And though face coverings are no longer required in outdoor settings, they're still recommended when social distancing is difficult or not possible.
This order allows museums, aquariums, and retail and personal care businesses to remain open at 100% capacity. Restaurants, breweries, amusement parks, fitness facilities and pools can remain open at 75% capacity indoors and 100% outdoors. Bars, nightclubs, sports venues and movie theaters can still operate with limited capacity. Gatherings are generally limited to no more than 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors.
If traveling, individuals are encouraged to check with local governments to determine whether additional limitations are still in place (e.g., visitor centers), and to contact lodging establishments directly for their most up-to-date information. Please use DriveNC.gov for real-time information on rest areas, resources and traffic.
North Carolinians and out-of-state visitors are also encouraged to download SlowCOVIDNC, an exposure notification app that alerts users when they may have had an unknown community exposure. The app does not collect any personally identifiable information.
If exploring outside, please follow the Outdoor NC and Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics’ recommendations for slowing the spread of the virus so we can continue to enjoy nature responsibly.
More information about local restaurant resources specific to North Carolina destinations can be found via their local tourism organization, which can be found here. Visit Count On Me NC to see a list of businesses – restaurants, lodging, attractions and others – that have completed the Count On Me NC training, as these businesses are making a concerted effort to help keep everyone safe and healthy. As a guest, you can take your own pledge, too, to show you’re doing your part.
For more information on North Carolina relating to coronavirus, visitors can go to the website for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.