On Dec. 11, Gov. Cooper implemented a modified “Stay at Home” order on all North Carolinians during overnight hours to address the current spike in COVID-19 infection rates and hospitalizations. The stay at home order is in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. This order requires nighttime closure for certain businesses and activities. It also prohibits the sale and service of alcohol for onsite consumption from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
This executive order extends current restrictions for North Carolina’s indoor mass gathering limit of 10 people in an effort to drive down North Carolina’s key COVID-19 metrics. These gatherings include indoor in-hone gatherings and social events. For more information on the order, read the state’s frequently asked questions. This order extends phase 3 through Friday, Jan. 8.
On Oct. 2, North Carolina entered the third phase of easing certain restrictions under Gov. Roy Cooper’s reopening plans. This phase allows bars to operate outdoors at 30% capacity, or 100 guests, whichever is less. It also allows entertainment venues, movie theaters, amusement parks and other conference centers to operate at 30% capacity. It still encourages social distancing and restrictions still remain for nursing homes and other congregate living settings.
On June 24, Gov. Cooper 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.