May 14, 2021

North Carolina is in Phase 3 of its reopening plan.

The state has been in a phased plan to reopen the state and restore businesses and ease travel restrictions.
Phase 3 runs through at least Fri., June 11.

As of May 14, 2021:

  • Face covering requirements are lifted in most settings. (See details here addressing where these requirements are still applicable.)
  • Capacity restrictions are lifted in all settings.
  • Social distancing requirements have been lifted in all settings. (For example, there is no longer a requirement that tables in restaurants be spaced out.)

Note: Businesses can still require guests to wear face coverings in their establishments. Also, counties and cities in N.C. can 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 (but not required) 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. 

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

While face coverings are no longer required in many settings, indoors and outdoors, masks are still required indoors for public or private transportation regulated by the State of N.C. and N.C. airports, bus and train stations or stops. Details.

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.