North Carolina is taking, a three-phased approach – based on data from testing, tracing and trends and in consultation with members of the business community – to lift restrictions in place to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and save lives.
At 5 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2020, North Carolina will move into Phase 1 of the plan. The Stay at Home Order remains in place with some modifications.
Below is a general overview of what Phase 1 means for North Carolina. View a list of frequently asked questions about the governor’s modified Stay at Home Order.
|Through May 8||Phase 1|
|Commercial activity||People should only leave home for essential purposes (e.g., food, medicine)||People can leave home for commercial activity and more businesses are open|
|Retail||20% capacity allowed||50% capacity allowed with cleaning and social distancing|
|Gatherings||10-person limit||10-person limit; gathering outdoors with friends allowed|
|Child care||Child care centers open for essential workers only||Child care centers open for working parents or those looking for work|
|Bars and restaurants||Take-out and delivery||Take-out and delivery|
|Barbers, salons and massage||Closed||Closed|
|Theaters, music venues and bowling alleys||Closed||Closed|
|Visitation at long-term care centers||Not allowed||Not allowed|
|Worship services||Outdoor services allowed||Outdoor services allowed|
|State parks and trails||Local discretion||Opening encouraged|