Phase 2 Begins 5PM May 22

This news post was published May 21st and the information contained within is no longer accurate.

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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.

Phase 2 Begins 5 p.m. May 22

North Carolina will move into Safer At Home Phase 2 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions at 5 p.m. Friday, May 22. The phase runs through at least Friday, June 26 unless changed or canceled. Although the state’s overall key indicators remain stable, the continued increases in daily case counts signals a need to take a more modest step forward in Phase 2 than originally envisioned.

North Carolina remains in Phase I of of easing certain COVID-19 restrictions until 5 p.m. Friday, May 22.

Phase 1 (until 5 p.m. May 22) Phase 2 (beginning 5 p.m. May 22)
Commercial activity People should only leave home for essential purposes (e.g., food, medicine) More businesses are open
Retail 50% capacity allowed with cleaning and social distancing 50% capacity allowed with cleaning and social distancing; view guidance
Gatherings 10-person limit; gathering outdoors with friends allowed 10-person limit indoors; 25-person limit outdoors
Child care Child care centers open for working parents or those looking for work Open for all children; view guidance
Teleworking Encouraged Encouraged
Restaurants Take-out and delivery 50% capacity; view guidance
Bars and nightclubs Closed Closed
Barbers, salons and personal-care businesses Closed 50% capacity; view guidance
Theaters, indoor music venues, bowling alleys, skating rinks, etc. Closed Closed
Museums Closed Closed
Gyms and fitness studios Closed Closed
Large venues, arenas and stadiums Closed Open but with restrictions; view guidance
Playgrounds Closed Closed
Pools Closed Open but with restrictions; view guidance
Day camps Closed Open but with restrictions; view guidance
Long-term care visitation Not allowed Restricted, except for certain compassionate care situations
State parks and trails Opening encouraged Opening encouraged
Face coverings Encouraged Encouraged


Please visit the state Covid-19 page for more information.