Phase 3 Restrictions

Under Executive Order 169, North Carolina entered into Phase 3 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions on Friday, Oct. 2. until Oct. 23, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Click here to view Executive Order 169

Click here to view FAQs on Phase 3

Click here for guidance on face coverings from NCDHHS


Under Executive Order 169: 

  • Large outdoor venues with seating greater than 10,000 may operate with 7% occupancy for spectators. 
  • Smaller outdoor entertainment venues, such as arenas or amphitheaters, may operate outdoors at 30% of outdoor capacity – or 100 guests, whichever is less. 
  • Movie theaters and conference centers may open indoor spaces to 30% of capacity – or 100 guests, whichever is less.
  • Bars may operate outdoors at 30% of outdoor capacity – or 100 guests, whichever is less. 
  • Amusement parks may open at 30% occupancy, outdoor attractions only. 
  • The limits on mass gatherings will remain at 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors. 
  • The 11 p.m. curfew on alcohol sales for in-person consumption in locations such as restaurants and outdoor bars will be extended to Oct. 23.  

State and public health officials will continue watching the key COVID-19 trends over the next several weeks to determine if any further restrictions can be eased when Executive Order 169 expires Oct. 23.