Travel To/Within Wake County

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.


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.

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.

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.
  • A cloth face covering must be worn indoors for public or private transportation regulated by the State of N.C. and N.C. airports, bus and train stations or stops.