Gov. Cooper extended Executive Order 224 through Executive Order 238 on November 30, 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 238 is in place through January 5. Currently, there is not a statewide mask mandate in place. All capacity restrictions and social distancing requirements remain lifted for restaurants, bars, and meeting spaces in hotels through Executive Order 215.
As of December 7, 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:
- Buncombe County (mandate extended through January 5)
- City of Winston-Salem (mandate in place until these conditions are met)
- Cumberland County
- Fayetteville City Council rescinded its mask order on October 29 and has not adopted the county order. Businesses in the Fayetteville city limits, including restaurants and hotels, are not under the mask order
- Durham County, including City of Durham
- Mecklenburg County (criteria for lifting the mask mandate updated on November 3)
- Orange County (mandate extended through mid-January)
- Scotland County (mandate extended through January 7)
- Town of Boone
- Wake County (mandate in place until these conditions are met)
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)
- Under the age of 5 (or 2 in Boone, Raleigh, 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.
Effective September 5, Executive Order 231 lifts the unemployment insurance policy related to COVID-19 and reinstates the one-week waiting period for benefits. 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 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.