Phase 2.5 Restrictions

On September 4, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper announced Executive Order 163 to move into Phase 2.5 until 5 p.m. on October 2, 2020.

Click here to view Executive Order 163

Click here to view FAQs on Phase 2.5

Click here for guidance on face coverings from NCDHHS


 Phase 1Phase 2Phase 2.5 (current restrictions)
Commercial activityPeople should only leave home for essential purposes (e.g., food, medicine)More businesses are openMore businesses are open
Retail50% capacity allowed with cleaning and social distancing50% capacity allowed with cleaning and social distancing50% capacity allowed with cleaning and social distancing; view guidance
Gatherings10-person limit; gathering outdoors with friends allowed10-person limit indoors; 25-person limit outdoors25-person limit indoors; 50-person limit outdoors  
Child careChild care centers open for working parents or those looking for workOpen for all childrenOpen for all children; view guidance
TeleworkingEncouragedEncouragedEncouraged
RestaurantsTake-out and delivery50% capacity50% capacity; view guidance
Bars and nightclubsClosedClosedClosed
Barbers, salons and personal-care businessesClosed50% capacity50% capacity; view guidance
Theaters, indoor music venues, etc.ClosedClosedClosed
Bowling alleys, skating rinksClosedClosed30% capacity; view guidance
Museums and aquariumsClosedClosed50% capacity
Gyms and fitness studiosClosedClosed30% capacity; view guidance
Large venues, arenas and stadiumsClosedOpen but with restrictionsOpen but with restrictions; view guidance
PlaygroundsClosedClosedOpen
PoolsClosedOpen but with restrictionsOpen but with restrictions; view guidance
Day campsClosedOpen but with restrictionsOpen but with restrictions; view guidance
Long-term care visitationNot allowedRestricted, except for certain compassionate care situationsRestricted, except for certain compassionate care situations
State parks and trailsOpening encouragedOpening encouragedOpening encouraged
Face coveringsEncouragedRequired under Executive Order 147Required under Executive Order 147; view guidance