North Carolina Reopening Phases

Update: June 24 at 4 p.m.

Governor Roy Cooper announced that he will be extending the Phase Two Safer at Home Order for another three weeks, until July 17 at 5 p.m., when he will reevaluate the situation. His decision was based on the rising number of COVID-19 cases, the percentage of positive test results, and the number of hospitalizations in North Carolina. 

Additionally, Governor Cooper is now requiring people to wear masks when in public places where social distancing is difficult to maintain, including restaurants and retail establishments. 

For more information, view Executive Order 147 that officially extends the Safer at Home Order. 

Phase Two

Effective Friday, May 22, at 5 p.m., North Carolina will move into Phase Two of Governor Cooper's reopening plan, which is a Safer at Home recommendation. Under this recommendation:
  • Mass gatherings should have no more than 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors
  • Restaurants, personal care businesses and pools can open at 50% capacity, along with other requirements
  • Bars/nightclubs, museums, playgrounds, gyms and fitness studios, and indoor entertainment venues will remain closed. 
Safer at Home - Phase 2

Phase One

Governor Roy Cooper announced that on Friday, May 8, at 5 p.m., North Carolina will move into Phase One of reopening. The Stay at Home Order is still in effect but is modified to ease restrictions. This means:
  • Most businesses can open, but certain businesses, such as gyms, salons, bars and theaters, will remain closed. 
  • Retail businesses can open at 50% capacity with frequent cleaning and social distancing
  • Restaurants can continue to offer takeout and delivery services only
  • Gatherings are still limited to 10 people, but gathering outdoors with friends is allowed
  • Employers are still encouraged to telework when possible
  • Childcare centers that follow strict cleaning requirements can open for working parents or those looking for work
  • Worship services of more than 10 people are allowed outdoors if socially distanced
When leaving home, it is encouraged that everyone:
  • Wear a cloth face covering
  • Wait 6 feet apart and avoid close contact
  • Wash their hands often or use proper hand sanitizer
Executive Order 138, which outlines Phase One, expires on May 22 when Phase Two will begin; however, the Governor can extend Phase One if indicators regarding COVID-19 are not met. 

For more information about Phase One, visit

View an FAQ for Phase One
Phase 1 Reopening Requirements