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North Carolina Executive Orders, State, and Regional Information

Executive Orders

On Wednesday, February 26, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 195, lifting the modified stay at home order and easing certain restrictions on businesses and gatherings. For more on this, read this Executive Order 195 Frequently Asked Questions document.

Order Summary:

  • The Night-Time Public Closure period for certain businesses and facilities is lifted. These establishments are no longer ordered to close to the public between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.
  • The Modified Stay at Home Order for individuals is lifted. Individuals no longer must stay at home or the place they will remain for the night between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.
  • Indoor areas of bars may reopen, subject to reduced capacity limits and other requirements.
  • The curfew on alcohol sales remains in place but is modified to take effect at 11:00 p.m. instead of 9: 00 p.m. The sale and service of alcoholic beverages is prohibited for on-site consumption between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
  • Indoor areas of amusement parks may reopen, subject to reduced capacity limits and other requirements.
  • Capacity limitations on certain businesses are increased, as detailed below.
  • The mass gathering limit increases to 25 people indoors (and remains 50 people outdoors).

Capacity Limits

  • The following business may operate at 30% Capacity (max of 250 people): Bars, Meeting, Reception, and Conference Spaces, Lounges (including tobacco) and Night Clubs, Auditoriums, Arenas, and other venues for live performances, Indoor areas of Amusement Parks, Sports Arenas and Fields (includes professional, collegiate, and amateur), Movie Theatres
  • The following businesses may operate at 50% Capacity: Restaurants, Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries, Recreation (e.g., bowling, skating, rock climbing), Outdoor areas of Amusement Parks, Fitness and Physical Activity Facilities (e.g. gyms, yoga studios, fitness centers), Pools Museums and Aquariums, Retail Businesses, Salons, personal care and grooming businesses, tattoo parlors


State and Regional Resources