Resources for Hospitality Business Owners and Employees

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.
 



For hospitality business owners
 

  • Wake County Tourism Coronavirus Briefings
    • GRCVB and the N.C. Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA) are frequently holding special COVID briefing calls for Wake County tourism industry businesses. Next date TBD.

      Listen to past call recordings here:
  • GRCVB notes for hospitality partners
    • Ensuring tourism’s return, in PIXL
      • ​As future meeting/sports event planners and leisure travelers have many questions regarding how to travel here safely and the standards that our hospitality business partners are implementing moving forward, GRCVB is tracking this information through the Partner Information eXchange Login (PIXL). The Bureau requests that all partners login and share which safe practices/certifications their establishments are adhering to. Read more and login to PIXL
    • ​For hotels
  • N.C. Executive Orders
    • Executive Order No. 215 (lifting indoor mask mandate for most settings and lifting all mass gathering and social-distancing limits.)
      • FAQ
      • 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.
         
  • Safety Standards and Certifications

 

​For unemployed hospitality workers
 

  • Job opportunities
  • N.C. Division of Employment Securit​y
  • N.C. Restaurant Workers Relief Fund
    NCRLA has launched a relief fund to provide fast access to cash for restaurant and hotel workers immediately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The N.C. Restaurant Workers Relief Fund will support any of the tens of thousands of restaurant and hotel employees now facing significant financial hardship. The goal of the fund is to provide qualified applicants with $500 to help with the immediate expenses faced by many who have suddenly found themselves without work. Read more
     
  • N.C. Artist Relief Fund
    A collaboration between Artspace, PineCone (Piedmont Council of Traditional Music), Theatre Raleigh, the United Arts Council and VAE, this fund was created to support creative individuals who have been financially impacted by gig cancellations due to the COVID-19 crisis. One hundred percent of donated funds will go directly to artists and arts presenters in N.C., including musicians, visual artists, actors, DJs, dancers, teaching artists, filmmakers, comedians and other creative individuals and arts presenters who are experiencing widespread cancellations. Read more