Gov. Roy Cooper announced on February 24, 2021 that he is ending the modified stay-at-home order, including lifting the curfew of 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. and extending on-site alcohol sales to 11:00 p.m. Bars can open for indoor service at 30 percent occupancy or 250 people, whichever is less. In addition, the order eases capacity limitations for many businesses, including hotels, event venues, and convention centers, which remain at 30 percent occupancy but increase to 250 people, whichever is less through Executive Order 195.
The highlights include:
- 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew is lifted starting February 26, 2021
- 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. on-site alcohol sales probation is eased; alcohol can now be served on-site until 11 p.m.
- Capacity restrictions for meetings and events at hotels, convention centers and event venues remain at 30 percent but increase from 100 people to 250 people, whichever is less
- Bars can open at 30 percent or 250 people for indoor service, whichever is less
- Indoor gathering limits are increased to 25 people, and outdoor gathering limits remain at 50 people
- The allowance of Cocktails To-Go will continue through March 31
- The extension of outdoor dining has been extended through March 31
For additional questions, please find the FAQ for Executive Order 195.
The provisions below of Executive Orders 191, 190, 183, 180, 176, and 169 remain in effect as part of Executive Order 195. More information on those Executive Orders includes:
- Executive Order 191 – Further extends until March 31, 2021, North Carolina’s Moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent
- Executive Order 190 – Extends until at least March 31, 2021, the authorization of delivery or carry-out of mixed beverages as an alternative to on-site consumption
- Executive Order 183 – Authorizes the delivery or carry-out of mixed beverages as an alternative to on-site consumption
- Executive Order 180 – Increases face covering requirements to prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19
- Executive Order 176 – Further extends the Phase 3 order and implementation of additional measures to protect public health, which includes limiting capacity for restaurants, conference and event spaces, retail, mass gatherings, etc.
- Executive Order 169 – Revises prohibitions and restrictions that move the state into Phase 3 measures
Highlights of Phase 3 include:
The limit on mass gatherings was increased to 25 people indoors and remains at 50 people for outdoors. However, businesses remain under the capacity limits below:
- Restaurants can continue to open at 50 percent dine-in capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements. Restaurant Guidance
- Bars will be allowed to operate indoors and outdoors at 30% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less. Bars and Outdoor Seating Areas in Bars Guidance
- Conference centers (including meeting space in a hotel), event space, and movie theaters will be allowed to open indoor at 30% of capacity or 250 people, whichever is less. Meeting Rooms and Event Spaces Guidance
- Small outdoor venues will be allowed to open at 30% of outdoor capacity or 100 people, whichever is less. Indoor and Outdoor Small and Medium Size Venue Settings Guidance
- Large outdoor venues can have up to 15% occupancy. Very Large Outdoor Venue Settings Guidance
- Capacity limits at restaurants, museums, gyms and personal care businesses like hair and nail salons will remain the same. Indoor Fitness Centers and Gyms Settings Guidance