Wake County FAQs

North Carolina has moved into Phase 2 of the Governor’s plans to reopen. During this phase, the Stay-at-Home order has been lifted, but some restrictions are still in place for residents and businesses.

As of May 1, Wake County has been following the statewide stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Roy Cooper. For more information, call the state’s hotline at 2-1-1 or consult its frequently asked questions.

On May 8, the Governor’s phased approach to easing restrictions of travel, business operations and gatherings went into effect with Phase 1.

On May 22, the Governor’s approach to easing restrictions lifted the stay-at-home order and enter Phase 2 of reopening.

Under the current order:

  • Restaurants can reopen dining rooms at 50% capacity. All staff must wear face coverings and practice strict cleaning procedures.
  • Personal care businesses, including barber shops, hair and nail salons, tattoo parlors, tanning salons and massage therapists, must also operate at 50 percent capacity. These businesses must be by appointment only.
  • Bars, nightclubs, gyms and health clubs must remain closed.
  • Pools may reopen at 50 percent capacity.
  • Overnight and day camps can open with safety rules.
  • Movie theaters, bowling alleys, and other indoor entertainment venues remain closed.
  • Playgrounds will also stay closed.

Gatherings of more than 10 people in a single indoor space remains prohibited. In outdoor spaces, gatherings of more than 25 people are prohibited.

Yes. Residential and commercial construction and landscaping are essential services.

The mass gathering limit and other requirements of Phase 2 do not apply to worship, religious and spiritual gatherings, funeral ceremonies, wedding ceremonies and other activities constituting the exercise of First Amendment rights.

Individuals are encouraged to follow the Three Ws to reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19. Read more information here.

Yes, but attendees should maintain social distancing. Funeral homes, crematoriums, cemeteries and providers of mortuary services are essential services.

Public and private gatherings of 25 or more people are prohibited outdoors. However, spending time outdoors and exercising are important for maintaining physical and mental health. While private sporting facilities are closed, we encourage families to take advantage of public recreation areas for activities that allow proper social distancing. For instance, basketball and soccer games are off limits because everyone touches the same ball and players come into close contact. Families may play golf or tennis, provided facilities are open and social distancing is practiced at all times.

The Governor's safer-at-home order applies to the entire state of North Carolina, including all areas of Wake County. 

The restrictions do not apply to people experiencing homelessness. We urge them to find shelter and practice social distancing as much as possible. If you or someone you know needs help, call Oak City Cares at 984-344-9599.

Teleworking is being strongly encouraged. If you believe your business should be closed, but you are still being asked to show up to work, you should discuss it with your employer.

GoTriangle is continuing to update its bus and shuttle services in response to COVID-19. Changes affect the routes run by GoRaleigh, GoCary and GoWake Access, as well as routes that run beyond Wake County. Riders may call 919-485-RIDE for information.

Yes, 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.

If your business is in Wake County and you have up to 100 employees, your business may qualify for a Wake Forward loan. Learn more here.

The steps are easy! Just visit our Wake Forward webpage to get started.

No. If you have already applied for NC Rapid Recovery you are automatically considered for the Wake Forward program. You can only receive one loan from either program.

No. Businesses can only receive one loan from either NC Rapid Recovery or Wake Forward.