Mask Requirements in Effect: Most of Raleigh Area

Face masks are required indoors within Raleigh city limits as well as Garner, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville and Zebulon town limits, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are also required in unincorporated areas of Wake County. Read More



Oct. 29, 2021

Safety guidelines and requirements

Wake County municipality mask mandates:

*Effective as of Aug. 20, 2021, and extended as of Nov. 1, 2021. The mandate can be safely lifted when the trending positivity rate of COVID-19 is less than 5% and the seven-day average is less than 50 cases per 100,000 people, marking moderate community transmission per the CDC.

As of 5pm, July 30, 2021, there are no restrictions or measures imposed by the State of N.C. by executive order for the general public.* Details

  • See notes above regarding where face coverings are required in Wake County.
  • Capacity restrictions are lifted in all settings.
  • Social distancing requirements have been lifted in all settings.

*Businesses can still require guests to wear face coverings in their establishments. Also, counties and cities in N.C. can continue to enact ordinances and issue state of emergency declarations that impose greater restrictions or prohibitions.

Events/meeting impacts

Recommendations for large venues
It is strongly recommended that all individuals continue to wear face coverings in all large indoor seating facilities with a seating capacity greater than 5,000 individuals, unless an exception applies. (See a list of places above where masks are currently required in Wake County.)

Downtown Raleigh convention center complex
See the Raleigh Convention and Performing Arts Complex Re-Opening Guide here.

Tips for event organizers/meeting planners
If you’re an event organizer, we encourage you to work directly with your contracted venues, host hotels and vendors within Wake County.

If you have specific questions about COVID-19 and events, you should reach out to the Wake County COVID-19 Response Hotline via email at or call 919.856.7044. Someone from the public health team will return your message.

For additional resources for meetings and events, please review the U.S. Travel Association’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Coronavirus (COVID-19) Toolkit found here.

Airport/bus/train station impacts

GoRaleigh transit system has implemented rear door boarding. Face coverings are required while riding. Get details here.

GoRaleigh R-LINE free downtown circulator: temporarily suspended. Get details here.

Learn what RDU International Airport is doing to combat the spread, here.

Learn what Amtrak and Raleigh Union Station Terminal are doing to combat the spread, here.