COVID-19 Advisory

N.C. is currently in Phase 3 of its reopening plan.
Face coverings are required statewide.
For information and helpful resources, visit our COVID-19 response portal. Read More



March 26, 2021

North Carolina is in Phase 3 of its reopening plan.

The state is in a phased plan to reopen the state and restore businesses and ease travel restrictions.
Phase 3 runs through at least Fri., April 30.

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Local business impacts

Restaurants/dining impacts

  • Currently in the state of North Carolina, all restaurants are restricted to a maximum capacity of 75% indoors and 100% outdoors, in addition to being able to offer carry-out, drive-through or delivery.

    Restaurants are defined as permitted food establishments and other establishments that both prepare and serve food, including but not limited to, restaurants, cafeterias, food halls, dining halls, food kiosks at airports and shopping centers or educational institutions ("food courts"), as well as private or members-only clubs where food and beverages are permitted to be consumed on premises.
  • Breweries, brewpubs, distilleries and wineries are allowed to operate at 75% capacity indoors and 100% outdoors with cleaning and social distancing requirements.
  • Bars and night spots can operate at 50% capacity indoors and outdoors (with no occupancy limits) with cleaning and social distancing requirements. Guests must be seated.

    Bars are defined as establishments that are not restaurants and that have a permit to sell alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption.

Establishments holding certain permits from the ABC Commission, including restaurants, hotels, private clubs, private bars and some distilleries are allowed to sell mixed beverages to-go or for delivery. Get details

Face covering requirements at hotels:

  • Hotel guests and employees are required to wear face coverings in all public areas or anywhere that social distancing cannot be achieved, including where multiple guests typically gather (e.g., meeting rooms and the lobby).
  • If the hotel has a bar or restaurant, guests and employees are required to wear face coverings in those areas and must follow the N.C. face covering requirements while in the restaurant, allowing for face coverings to be removed while eating and/or drinking.
  • Hotel guests are not required to wear face coverings inside their sleeping rooms.

Attraction impacts
Capacity limits for attractions, all with cleaning and social distancing requirements:

  • 100% for museums
  • 75% indoors/100% outdoors for amusement parks, bowling alleys, skating rinks, fields of play, golf ball hitting bays, mini-golf courses, go-cart tracks, paintball and laser tag spots, indoor playgrounds, trampoline parks and gyms and fitness studios
  • 50% indoors/75% outdoors for movie theaters and arcades

Outdoor recreation
Most local parks and playgrounds, greenways, walking trails and nature preserves remain open for use while following good social distancing practices. 

Capacity limits for the following are 100% outdoors and 75% in indoor spaces, with cleaning and social distancing requirements:

  • Fields of play (basketball courts, baseball fields, volleyball courts, tennis courts, soccer fields etc.)
  • Outdoor pools
  • Golf courses

We strongly recommend double-checking park or golf course websites/feeds to confirm details before traveling.

Retail impacts
100% percent capacity allowed with cleaning and social distancing.

Grooming, fitness and personal wellness
All personal care, grooming, massage or tattoo businesses can operate at 100% capacity with cleaning and social distancing requirements.

Events/meeting impacts

The following mass gathering limits are in place for conference rooms, meeting halls, auditoriums, stadiums, arenas, parades, fairs and festivals.

Phase 3 Guidelines

See an FAQ on these guidelines from the state here

Interim guidance from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services

Concerts, spectator sporting and entertainment event impacts
Maximum spectator capacity is 50% indoors and outdoors (with no occupancy limits) at entertainment and professional sports event venues. Facilities must limit the number of guests in the space so that groups can stay 6 feet apart. Professional entertainers, athletes, coaches, performers, support staff and broadcast staff will not count toward the maximum capacity. Employees and other workers at facilities where entertainment events occur also will not count toward the limit. Venue operators allowing such events must follow specific public health requirements. Additional restrictions can be found in Executive Order 204, 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.

See the Raleigh Convention and Performing Arts Complex Re-Opening Guide here.

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.