Effective May 14, all capacity restrictions and social distancing requirements are lifted for restaurants, bars, and meeting spaces in hotels through Executive Order 215. Gov. Cooper announced on May 14 the lifting of Executive Order 209 ahead of schedule, which would have kept current capacity restrictions in place through the month of May.
Gov. Cooper also lifted the mask mandate in most settings, based on the latest CDC guidance which states that fully vaccinated adults can safely resume activities indoors or outdoors without masks or distancing, in gatherings large or small. Masks are still required on public transit, child care centers, schools, prisons, and public health settings.
On June 11, Gov Roy Cooper extended NC’s state of emergency declaration through July 30th though Executive Order 220. This Executive Order extends many of the provisions listed in Executive Order 215, which includes wearing a face covering in certain settings like public transportation and health care and unemployment insurance flexibility.
Effective May 21, Executive Order 216 reinstates certain work search and work registration requirements, as well as the requirement that the applicant be actively seeking work, for all state unemployment insurance claimants. These requirements were temporarily suspended under Executive Order 118. This Executive Order reimposes work search, work registration, and “‘actively seeking work” requirements on all claimants.
ABC Commission has confirmed that the Temporary Extension of Premises policy remains in effect until further notice. Businesses requesting to temporarily extend their licensed premises should consult with their local law enforcement and/or ALE District to seek approval/permission to use the area.
Executive Order 210 ended June 1, 2021, which extended the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Commission’s authorization to permit the delivery or carry-out of mixed beverages as an alternative to onsite consumption.
Read more on the NCDHHS recommendations and guidance:
- Recommendations for Protecting Each Other From COVID-19
- Interim Guidance for Public Facing Businesses
- Interim Guidance for Bars and Places that Serve Food
- Interim Guidance for Indoor and Outdoor Venues
- Interim Guidance for Indoor Fitness Centers and Gyms Settings