COVID-19 Advisory

A “Safer-at-Home” order is in effect in North Carolina.
Face coverings are required statewide in public places.
For information and helpful resources, visit our COVID-19 response portal. Read More


Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit Raleigh) COVID-19 Response and Helpful Resources

Updated Oct. 21, 2020, 3pm

North Carolina is currently under a “Safer-at-Home” order and is in Phase 3 of its reopening plan

The "Safer-at-Home" Phase 3 runs through at least Fri., Nov. 13.

What IS allowed under the "Safer-at-Home" order, all with cleaning and social distancing requirements:

  • Dining at restaurants (can operate at 50% capacity).
  • Enjoying a drink at a brewery, brewpub, brewery taproom, winery or distillery (can operate at 50% capacity).
  • Enjoying a drink outdoors at a bar (can operate at 30% of outdoor capacity—or 100 guests, whichever is less).
  • Exploring museums (can operate at 50% capacity).
  • Visiting a local park, greenway, nature preserve or playground while practicing social distancing.
  • Enjoying bowling alleys, skating rinks and outdoor amusement parks (can operate at 30% capacity).
  • Seeing a movie at the movie theater or playing games at an indoor arcade (can operate at 30% of capacity—or 100 guests, whichever is less).
  • Shopping at retail businesses (can operate at 50% capacity).
  • Visiting a personal care, grooming, massage or tattoo business (can operate at 50% capacity).
  • Exercising in and enjoying gyms and fitness studios (can operate at 30% capacity).
  • Attending a day or overnight camp (with public health requirements).
  • Gathering together for social purposes, so long as they do not exceed the mass gathering limit of 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.
  • Holding a wedding ceremony or funeral ceremony without gathering limits. However, receptions or visitations before or after weddings and funerals are subject to the mass gathering limit of 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.
  • Holding a worship, religious or spiritual gathering without gathering limits.
  • Large outdoor venues with seating greater than 10,000 may operate with 7% occupancy for spectators.
  • Smaller outdoor entertainment venues, such as arenas or amphitheaters, may operate outdoors at 30% of outdoor capacity—or 100 guests, whichever is less.

What is NOT allowed under the "Safer-at-Home" order:

  • Nightclubs and bar indoor spaces remain closed.
  • Gatherings of more than 25 indoors/50 outdoors are prohibited. This includes meeting and event venues, amphitheaters, sporting venues and arenas, groups at beaches and groups at parks.
  • Social distancing (6 feet apart from others) must be practiced while in public.
  • It is required that a cloth face covering is worn in public places and when you may be within 6 feet of other people who are not household and family members. This would include indoor community, public and business settings as well as outdoors when you cannot stay at least 6 feet away from other people.


Face coverings are required statewide in public places.


North Carolina has a phased plan to reopen the state and restore businesses and ease travel restrictions.

As the official destination organization for Raleigh, N.C., we have the well-being of all visitors and residents of Wake County as our highest priority. We have been and will continue to gather information working with local, state and national agencies and encourage the traveling public to follow any guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local public health authorities.

We appreciate the aggressive response to COVID-19 by federal, state and local officials and are hopeful the collective effort will continue to keep the risk of COVID-19 in Wake County to a minimum, restoring quality of life and commerce as soon as is safe.

For more information, visit the state of North Carolina’s COVID-19 page and see their FAQ page.

Follow the links below to find helpful resources, plus ways to help the hospitality industry in Wake County.