COVID-19 Advisory

A “Stay-at-Home” order is in effect in North Carolina.
Face coverings are required statewide.
Statewide curfew: effective between 10pm-5am.
For information and helpful resources, visit our COVID-19 response portal. Read More


Travel To/Within Wake County

Updated Jan. 6, 2021

North Carolina is currently under a “Stay-at-Home” order and 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.
The "Stay-at-Home" Phase 3 runs through at least Fri., Jan. 29.


Statewide curfew in effect

  • Individuals are required to stay at home or at the place they will stay overnight between 10pm-5am, unless traveling for essential reasons.
    • Essential reasons most relevant to visitors include:
      • Travel for work purposes
      • Travel to obtain groceries, take-out food, medical care, fuel, health care supplies or social services
      • Travel from a business that closed at or after 10pm
      • Travel to a business that will open at or after 5am
      • Travel to take care of a family member, friend or pet in another household
      • Travel necessary for purposes of personal safety
      • Travel into or out of the state
      • Using or providing shared transportation (including without limitation taxicabs, ride shares, buses, trains, airplanes, and travel to airports, train stations, or bus stations).
      • See more reasons here
  • Nighttime closure from 10pm-5am for certain businesses and activities.
    • Establishments that are subject to this order include: amusement parks and amusement transportation; bars, lounges, indoor venues and arenas; fitness and physical activity facilities, movie theaters, meeting spaces and other entertainment facilities; museums and aquariums; parks; personal care businesses; restaurants, breweries, distilleries and wineries; and certain retail businesses.
  • All events or convenings (other than professional and collegiate sporting events) outside the home must end or pause by 10pm.

Get more details, here.

Airport/bus/train station impacts

"Stay-at-Home" restrictions do NOT include normal operations at airports and bus and train stations.

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

Travel safety tips

We encourage the traveling public to seek and heed the latest expert guidance from the CDC and make fact-based travel decisions.

Certain populations are at “high risk” of severe illness from COVID-19, which include adults over 65 and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes or a weakened immune system. Those populations are being asked by federal, state and local officials to avoid large groups of people as much as possible. This includes public gatherings such as concert venues, conventions, church services, sporting events and crowded social events.

Current recommended best practices for travelers includes:

  • Do not travel if you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. 
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw it away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  • It is required that a cloth face covering is worn when you may be within 6 feet of other people who are not household and family members. This would include at home when friends and family are visiting that are not part of the household, and also indoor community, public and business settings as well as outdoors when you cannot stay at least 6 feet away from other people.

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 North Carolina 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.