North Carolina Reopening Phases

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

An FAQ about Phase One is also available HERE
Phase 1 Reopening Requirements