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Governor Roy Cooper issued additional COVID-19 safety measures to tighten mask requirements and enforcement as cases continue to rise rapidly in North Carolina and across the country. Executive Order No. 180 goes into effect on Wednesday, November 25 and runs through Friday, December 11.

In addition to extending Phase 3 capacity limits and safety requirements, the Order tightens the existing statewide mask requirement – making it clear that everyone needs to wear a mask whenever they are with someone who is not from the same household. The Order also adds the mask requirement to several additional settings including any public indoor space even when maintaining 6 feet of distance; gyms even when exercising; all schools public and private; and all public or private transportation when travelling with people outside of the household.

The Order also requires large retail businesses with more than 15,000 square feet to have an employee stationed near entrances ensuring mask wearing and implementing occupancy limits for patrons who enter.

Here are the links to Executive Order 180 and the FAQs:

Read Executive Order 180.

Read a Frequently Asked Questions document about the Order.

Click here for the COVID-19 County Alert System

With North Carolina’s Phase 2 slowly approaching, is your restaurant or bar ready to open its doors to its customers? When asked what people have missed since the lock down, sharing a meal in a restaurant with friends is top of the list. Despite that, people will venture out cautiously. One way to ease their concerns is to share with them the precautionary measures you have taken to keep them safe and make them feel comfortable. To assist in this effort, we have compiled a list of checklists, guidelines, and best practices. Please see the attachments below for detailed information.


You may also want to check into the “Count on Me NC” initiative the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA), along with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS), the North Carolina Tourism Bureau (VisitNC), and the North Carolina State University, have just launched. “Count on Me NC” is a program specifically created to provide customers reassurance that participating restaurants have implemented and are practicing the highest sanitation and safety measures. Training and certification are free. For more information, please visit:


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