While there are currently no statewide restrictions for the general public related to COVID-19 and its variants, visitors should use their best judgment when traveling and adhere to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendations. Visitors are also encouraged to check with local governments to determine if any mandates or limitations are in place.
If individuals are not vaccinated, the NCDHHS recommends against both traveling and gathering with other unvaccinated people who don’t reside in the same household. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends wearing a mask in indoor public settings (even if you are vaccinated) if visiting an area with high or substantial levels of transmission.
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.