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Executive Orders, State, and Regional Information

Executive Orders

As of November 23, Governor Roy Cooper issued additional COVID-19 safety measures to tighten mask requirements and enforcement. Executive Order No. 180 goes into effect on Wednesday, November 25 and runs through Friday, December 11.

The Order tightens the existing statewide mask requirement – making it clear that everyone needs to wear a mask whenever they are with someone who is not from the same household. The Order also adds the mask requirement to several additional settings including any public indoor space even when maintaining 6 feet of distance; gyms even when exercising; all schools public and private; and all public or private transportation when travelling with people outside of the household. For more on this, read the Frequently Asked Questions document.

The Order also requires large retail businesses with more than 15,000 square feet to have an employee stationed near entrances ensuring mask wearing and implementing occupancy limits for patrons who enter.

The Order does not change the reduced capacity limits for certain businesses that have already been laid out. The mass gathering limit remains at 10 for indoor settings and 50 for outdoor settings. And, late night alcohol sales are still prohibited from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

A few items of note under Phase 3:

  • Outdoor bar areas may operate at 30% of outdoor capacity, or 100 guests, whichever is less. Indoor bars remain closed.
  • Movie theaters and conference centers may open indoor spaces to 30% of capacity, or 100 guests, whichever is less.
  • Fitness and Physical Activity Facilities my operate at 30% stated fire capacity, or 7 guests for every 1,000 sq. ft., whichever is less.
  • Smaller outdoor entertainment venues, like arenas or amphitheaters, may operate outdoors at 30% of outdoor capacity, or 100 guests, whichever is less.
  • Very large outdoor facilities with a capacity of more than 10,000 Guests may operate at 7% of the facility’s total seating capacity, if they meet certain requirements.

Which gatherings or other events are not subject to the 10-person indoor mass gathering limit?

  • Worship, religious, spiritual gatherings, wedding ceremonies, funeral services, and other First Amendment activities
  • Gatherings for work or for receiving governmental services
  • Gatherings at places that are subject to other capacity limits stated in the Executive Orders. These include fitness and exercise facilities, restaurants, personal care businesses, museums and aquariums, movie theaters, hotels, conference centers, and reception venues.
  • Normal operations at airports, bus and train stations or stops, medical facilities, libraries, shopping malls and shopping centers.
  • Families of more than ten people who reside together.


State and Regional Resources