Governor Cooper Issues New Executive Order.

Governor Cooper has issued Executive Order 204, effective March 26th, at 5pm. It will be in effect until April 30th. The mask mandate remains and everyone must wear a mask indoors and in all public settings.

Lower risk settings (retail shopping businesses, child care, camps, outdoor playgrounds, personal care businesses, and museums) will be allowed to open up to full capacity.

Medium risk settings (restaurants, breweries, wineries, gyms, pools, and amusement parks) will be allowed to open up to 75 percent capacity indoors.

Higher risk settings (stadiums and arenas, conference spaces, reception spaces, movie theaters, gaming, and bars) will be open up to 50 percent.

Mass gathering limits increase from 25 to 50 people indoors and 50 to 100 outdoors.

More information can be found in this FAQ.


Masks must be worn:

  •  Indoors when in the presence of anyone not a member of the household.
  • Outdoors when unable to maintain 6 feet distance from non-household members.
  • Indoors at all workplaces, including retail businesses, regardless of how far apart you are working.
  • At restaurants when not actively eating or drinking.
  • When exercising at indoor fitness facilities.
  • When riding public transportation, taxis, ride-sharing vehicles, or riding with non-household members.

Law enforcement can enforce these mask mandates against individuals and businesses. The penalty for violating the new mask mandate is a Class 2 misdemeanor that could result in a fine of up to $1,000 or active punishment.

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