Economic, Business, and Employment COVID-19 Resources

The Office of Economic Development and Innovation commits to supporting Raleigh’s vibrant business community as it responds to the impacts of COVID-19. We are monitoring guidance from federal, state and local public health authorities and resources provided by the State and Federal Government. 

If you're a local business and are interested in resources to help enforce compliance with safety guidelines:

The City of Raleigh continues to remain operational, but some services are still limited. Visit the City of Raleigh's COVID-19 Response page for more information. 

For questions regarding if you can be open for business call the Department of Revenue at 877-252-3052.

Phase 3 Information

Executive Order 204 begins Friday, March 26 at 5 p.m. All businesses must continue to maintain the six feet of distance requirement between patrons and implement other safety protocols as they expand their capacity.

  • This order fully lifts the restriction on the late-night sale and service of alcoholic beverages on bars, restaurants, and other establishments.
  • Museums and aquariums, retail businesses, salons, personal care and grooming businesses, tattoo parlors may open both indoors and outdoors up to 100 percent capacity, subject to masks and six-feet social distancing. 
  • Restaurants, breweries, wineries, and distilleries; recreation (e.g., bowling, skating, rock climbing); fitness and physical activity facilities (e.g., gyms, yoga studios, fitness centers), pools, and amusement parks may open indoors up to 75 percent and outdoors up to 100 percent capacity, subject to masks and six-feet social distancing.
  • Bars, movie theaters*, gaming facilities*; meeting, reception, and conference spaces; lounges (including tobacco) and night clubs; auditoriums, arenas, and other venues for live performances; sports Arenas and fields (includes professional, collegiate, and amateur may open indoors and outdoors up to 50 percent capacity, subject to masks and six-feet social distancing.
  • The mass gathering limit will be increased to 50 indoors and 100 outdoors.

State and public health officials will continue watching the key COVID-19 trends over the next several weeks. As more people gather together it'll be important to social distance. These proven safety protocols are vital as COVID19 is infecting people every day.

Funding for Small Businesses

Raleigh, Wake County and N.C. Humanities Council are among many groups with programs for small businesses during COVID-19.  

Learn more about these programs

Find Out More About:

  1. Government Information
  2. Business Finances
  3. Health Recommendations for Businesses
  4. General Business Resources
  5. Legal Assistance
  6. Childcare and Employee Support
  7. Curbside Pick-Up Zones for Restaurants
  8. Community Matters
  9. Social Distancing Media Kit

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Return to the City's main COVID-19 Information page.

Small Business Listening Session

Session was held on March 16, 2020



Veronica Creech
Economic Development Director

Mark Weldon
Business Retention & Expansion Manager

Amanda Driscoll
Communication Coordinator

Main COVID-19 Information page

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