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Safer at Home Requirements and Restrictions State of NC Phased Re-Opening Plan State & County Announcements

Understand the ever-changing landscape of the safer at home requirements and restrictions.

Latest Update:

At 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2 North Carolina will move into Phase 3 of the plan. Phase 3 allows bars to reopen for outdoor seating and movie theaters and amusement parks to reopen. Learn more about what is allowed during Phase 3.

Safer at Home Requirements and Restrictions

State of NC Phased Re-Opening Plan

North Carolina is taking, a three-phased approach – based on data from testing, tracing and trends and in consultation with members of the business community – to lift restrictions in place to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and save lives.

  • At 5 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2020, North Carolina moved into Phase 1 of the plan. The Stay at Home Order remains in place with some modifications.
    Learn more about what was allowed during Phase 1.
  • At 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22, North Carolina will move into phase 2 of the plan. There will be a safer at home recommendation with limits on gatherings. Some businesses will be able to operate under certain guidelines and restrictions.
    Learn more about what is allowed during Phase 2.
  • Announced on Wednesday, June 24, North Carolina is to continue following the safer at home recommendation to limit gatherings and to follow certain business guidelines and restrictions. This remains in effect until August 7 at 5 p.m. Learn more about the Phase 2 Extension.
  • At 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4 North Carolina will move into Phase 2.5 of the plan. Some businesses that had remained closed will be able to open such as gyms and other exercise facilities following certain guidelines and restrictions. Learn more about what is allowed during Phase 2.5.
  • At 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2 North Carolina will move into Phase 3 of the plan. Phase 3 allows bars to reopen for outdoor seating and movie theaters and amusement parks to reopen. Learn more about what is allowed during Phase 3.

State & County Announcements

The State of North Carolina and Wake County continues to lead the COVID-19 response. These resources are available now to business owners and operators:

Find more information on the state-led response to the virus.

Find more information on the county-led response to the virus. The Wake County Emergency Operations Center has a hotline for general COVID-19 questions, 919-250-1500.

County-recommended closures and shopping restrictions

  • On March 22, Wake County announced that all fitness centers, gyms, hair and nail salons, spas, tanning, massage, and tattoo salons, and other grooming services must close through April 30. Wake County pointed out that it is too difficult for these places to operate and observe social distancing practices, as recommended by the state and the CDC. Learn more.
  • On April 9, Wake County announced retail stores that are open are to limit the number of shoppers allowed inside stores at one time. The occupancy is now limited to no more than 20 percent of stores’ fire capacity. Learn more.
  • On April 29, Wake County announced that the County stay at home order will expire end of day April 30. Wake County is to follow the State of North Carolina stay-at-home order. Learn more.

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