Beginning May 22, North Carolina entered the second phase of easing certain restrictions under Gov. Roy Cooper’s reopening plans. In phase two, businesses can be open but with restrictions and smaller capacities. Bars, gyms, nightclubs, movie theaters, museums, bowling alleys, amusement parks, arcades and skating rinks will remain closed. Teleworking is still strongly encouraged where possible.

On June 24, Gov. Cooper extended his Safer at Home phase 2 reopening, and issued a statewide face mask order to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. This order states that people must wear face coverings when in public places where physical distancing is not possible.  In addition, certain businesses must have employees and customers wear face coverings.