Gov. Roy Cooper announced on March 23, 2021 that he is lifting capacity restrictions for restaurants and easing easing capacity limits for bars, meetings spaces and venues. Additionally, on-site alcohol sales restrictions are lifted through April 30, 2021.
The highlights of Executive Order 204 include:
- Capacity limits eased to 75 percent for indoor dining and 100 percent for outdoor dining in restaurants
- Capacity restrictions lifted for bars to 50 percent for indoor and outdoor service
- Lifting the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. on-site alcohol sales probation
- Capacity restrictions for meetings and events at hotels, convention centers, and event venues lifted to 50 percent indoors and outdoors with no occupancy limits
- Mask mandate and social distancing protocols will stay in place
For more information, FAQs for Executive Order 204 outlines the major changes, what stays the same, and provides additional clarification. Additionally, Cocktails To-Go and the moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent have also been extended to April 30, 2021 through Executive Order 205 and Executive Order 206. Read more on Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Orders and Directives.
- Restaurants can continue to operate indoors at 75 percent dine-in capacity and 100 percent outdoors with distancing and cleaning requirements. See the full Restaurant Guidance.
- Bars will be allowed to operate indoors and outdoors at 50 percent capacity. See the full Bar and Lounge Guidance.
- Meeting spaces (including conference rooms and reception areas in a hotel) and event spaces will be allowed to operate at 50 percent of capacity indoors and 100 percent outdoors. See the full Meeting Rooms and Event Spaces Guidance.
- Small and medium venues will be allowed to operate at 50 percent of indoor and outdoor capacity. See the full Indoor and Outdoor Small and Medium Size Venue Settings Guidance.
- Large and very large venues can have up to 50 percent occupancy indoors and outdoors. See the full Large and Very Large Indoor and Outdoor Venue Guidance.
- Capacity limits at indoor fitness centers and gyms can operate at 100 percent. See the full Indoor Fitness Centers and Gyms Guidance.