NCRLA is closely monitoring the COVID-19 crisis, and we’re committed to bringing you timely updates on what it means for the hospitality industry. NCRLA is working around the clock with state leaders, industry partners, and subject matter experts to advocate for policies that support businesses and employees.
Take Action Now to Help the Hospitality Industry
It is more important than ever for industry members and allies to reach out to their elected officials and let them know the impact that Coronavirus is having on your business and employees.
- We have one last shot to convince Congress! Today is the day. It’s your time to ACT! We need Congress to take short-term action now – targeting the proposals that already have extensive bipartisan support.
North Carolina entered “Safer at Home” as outlined in Executive Order 163-Phase 2.5 on September 4, 2020 at 5 p.m. Under the terms of that executive order, North Carolina moved into phase 2.5 of easing restrictions. For more FAQ’s and additional information click here. This order runs through October 2, 2020.
- Restaurants can continue to open at 50 percent dine-in capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements. Read more…
- The limits on mass gatherings will increase to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.* Read more…
- Playgrounds will be allowed to open.
- Museums and aquariums will be allowed to open at 50% capacity.
- Gyms and other indoor exercise facilities can open at 30% capacity.
- The age requirement for mask wearing will include children, down to age five.
- Capacity limits at restaurants and personal care businesses like hair and nail salons will remain the same.
- Bars and nightclubs, movie theaters, indoor entertainment, amusement parks remain closed.
- Large venues will still be subject to the mass gathering limits.
Executive Order 147-Face Coverings remains in effect and directs people to wear face coverings when in public places where physical distancing is not possible. Businesses are required to post signs notifying guests of this requirement.
Signage for Businesses
Executive Order 162-Alcohol Curfew remains in effect and stops the sale of alcoholic drinks in restaurants, breweries, wineries, and distilleries at 11 pm. North Carolina bars that are currently closed will remain closed. This order remains in effect until October 2 at 11 p.m. For more information, read the FAQs on this order.
Read More: Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Orders
Count On Me NC
North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association, NCDHHS, NC State Extension and Visit North Carolina have partnered to create the Count on Me NC initiative, a free online training for restaurant managers and staff that is focused on advanced cleaning, disinfection, social distancing, and hygiene practices to protect the public from COVID-19. So far, more 3,500 businesses have already completed the training. Take the training and show others that you are committed to the highest standards of operation during Covid 19. Learn more at CountOnMeNC.org.