Governor Roy Cooper has issued an executive order that moves the entire state of North Carolina into a Safer at Home Phase 2 effective Friday, May 22, through Friday, June 26, at the earliest.

This order eases additional restrictions on business operations and mass gatherings. It still recommends staying at home when possible, limiting nonessential travel, practicing social distancing and wearing a face mask when unable to maintain a 6-foot distance from others, but it allows more businesses such as restaurants, barbers, salons and swimming pools to open at a 50% capacity. Gatherings are still generally limited to no more than 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. However, museums and entertainment venues such as theaters and many animal parks remain closed.

If traveling is necessary, individuals are encouraged to check with local governments to determine whether additional restrictions are still in place (e.g. beach access, short-term rentals and hotels, visitor centers), and to contact lodging establishments directly for their most up-to-date information. Current destinations with various restrictions in place can be found here. Please use your best judgment if traveling, and practice good hygiene while avoiding close contact with others.

More information about local restaurant resources specific to North Carolina destinations can be found here. As you begin to enjoy dining out once again, visit Count On Me NC to find out what you can do as a guest to help keep everyone safe and healthy, and also learn how businesses are making improvements to do the same.

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.