Last updated October 21, 2020
North Carolina’s Phase 3
In effect October 2, 2020
Beginning October 2 at 5 p.m., Executive Order 169 further eases restrictions on travel, business operations, and mass gatherings. Specifically, the order allows large outdoor venues to operate at 7% capacity, and smaller venues, bars, and amusement parks to operate at a 30% capacity (100 guest maximum). The limits on mass gatherings remain at 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors, and wearable face masks continue to be required in public spaces where social distancing of six feet is not possible at all times. On October 21, Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina will remain paused in Phase 3 for three more weeks as health officials continue to monitor North Carolina’s viral trends. This postpones the current order's expiration to November 13, unless further modified or extended.
North Carolina’s Safer at Home Phase 2
In effect May 22 - October 2, 2020
Beginning May 22 at 5 p.m., Executive Order 141 eased some restrictions on travel, business operations, and mass gatherings. Specifically, the order allowed gatherings of no more than 50 individuals outdoors and 25 indoors, as long as proper social distancing practices were being observed. This order was extended to October 2, and wearable face masks are now required in indoor and outdoor public spaces where social distancing of six feet is not possible at all times. Restaurants may continue dine-in service, and pools, salons, and personal care establishments may also open as long as all limit indoor occupancy to 50% of normal capacity and clean regularly, and require customers to wear masks. Under this order, a number of nonessential businesses are to remain closed to the public, including bars, nightclubs, museums, playgrounds, gyms, fitness studios, and indoor entertainment venues.
North Carolina’s Stay at Home Order
In effect March 27 – May 22, 2020 (expired)
On April 9, Gov. Cooper issued a statewide Stay at Home Order directing people to stay at home except to visit essential businesses, to exercise outdoors or to help a family member. Specifically, the order banned gatherings of more than 10 people and directed everyone to physically stay at least six feet apart from others. Additional executive orders have been issued to address specific needs and strengthen social distancing requirements, including Executive Order 131 outlining and explaining policies for retail establishments and "essential businesses," and Executive Order 135 which extends the original Stay at Home Order to May 8, at which time the state enters Phase One of the plan to loosen restrictions.
North Carolina’s Stay at Home Order | Executive Order 131 (Policies for Retail Establishments)
Executive Order 135 (Extension until May 8) | Executive Order 138 (Phase One)
FAQs | Additional NC Executive Orders
Cary’s State of Emergency
In effect March 16, 2020 until lifted
On March 16, 2020, Mayor Weinbrecht declared a State of Emergency for Cary in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A State of Emergency helps to ensure that Cary’s government has access to the resources and flexibility it needs to protect its citizens. The Cary “SOE” is in addition to Cary’s working within county, state, and federal declarations and gives the municipality, for example, increased authority over public-rights-of-way, streets, and greenways if needed.
Wake County’s Stay at Home Order
In effect March 27, 2020 – April 30, 2020 (expired)
On March 27, Wake County issued a Stay-at-Home proclamation to all residents in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of the proclamation is for Wake County residents to stay home and away from others who are not immediate members of their family or household. By restricting contact, the county hopes to reduce the rate at which COVID-19 is infecting residents. On April 16, the original Stay at Home Order was amended to extend the expiration to April 30, which has now expired. North Carolina's Stay-at-Home Order now takes effect, directing citizens to stay at home until May 8 (see details below).
Town of Cary
Phone: Dial 311 within Cary limits or (919) 469-4000
Phone: (919) 856-7044