On August 31, Gov. Cooper extended Executive Order 224 through Executive Order 229, which recommends businesses ask employees to show proof of vaccination or they should do regular COVID tests and urge employees to wear masks. Executive Order 229 is in place through November 30. Currently, there is not a statewide mask mandate in place.
As of September 20, the following counties, cities, and towns have issued indoor face mask mandates in public places, businesses, and establishments regardless of a person’s vaccination status:
- Bertie County (only for county facilities, not businesses)
- Buncombe County, including Asheville, Black Mountain, Weaverville, and Woodfin
- Brunswick County (only for county facilities, not businesses)
- Chatham County (only for county facilities, not businesses)
- City of Winston-Salem
- Cumberland County, including Fayetteville
- Dare County (only for county facilities, not businesses)
- Durham County and the City of Durham
- Edgecombe County (only for county facilities, not businesses)
- Forsyth County (only for county facilities, not businesses)
- Guilford County
- Jackson County (only for county facilities, not businesses)
- Mecklenburg County including Charlotte, Davidson, and Matthews
- Moore County (only for county facilities, not businesses)
- New Hanover County
- Orange County
- Scotland County
- Town of Beaufort
- Town of Blowing Rock
- Town of Boone
- Towns of Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro
- Wake County including Raleigh, Garner, Cary, Knightdale, Rolesville, Zebulon, and Morrisville
- Wayne County (only for county facilities, not businesses)
For the majority of the mandates, individuals must wear a face covering when indoors in all businesses, establishments, and public places. All businesses, establishments, and public places must require that all persons wear face coverings when indoors on their premises. Face coverings do not need to be worn by someone who is/has:
- Actively eating or drinking (or dining at a restaurant, while sitting at their table in Boone, Wilkesboro, and North Wilkesboro)
- Under the age of 5 (or 2 in Boone, Raleigh, Fayetteville, and Orange County or 4 in Mecklenburg County)
- A medical or behavioral condition or disability
We encourage restaurants, bars, and hotels to monitor their specific location and act accordingly. You can check the level of community spread for your county. If your area has high or substantial COVID transmission and there is not a mask mandate in place, you may wish to strongly recommend or require guests and staff to wear a face covering when not eating or drinking. Be aware of any new or updated local ordinance or mask mandates that may come from local officials.
All capacity restrictions and social distancing requirements remain lifted for restaurants, bars, and meeting spaces in hotels through Executive Order 215.
Effective September 5, Executive Order 231 lifts the unemployment insurance policy related to COVID-19 and reinstates the one-week waiting period for benefits. 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. These Executive Orders reimpose work search, work registration, “‘actively seeking work” requirements, waiting period for benefits, and changes unemployment insurance policy for 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.