COVID-19 Executive Orders

Gov. Roy Cooper has issued several executive orders, as outlined below, as part of North Carolina's response to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Date Executive Order Description
June 24, 2020

Executive Order 147 (English)

Executive Order 147 (Spanish)

Extends Executive Order 141's Safer At Home restrictions and requires people, with some exceptions, to wear face coverings in public when social distancing is not possible.

June 19, 2020

Executive Order 146 (English)

Executive Order 146 (Spanish)

Extends certain transportation-related provisions in previous executive orders.
June 5, 2020

Executive Order 144 (English)

Executive Order 144 (Spanish)

Extends certain health and human services provisions in previous executive orders.

June 4, 2020

Executive Order 143 (English)

Executive Order 143 (Spanish)

Addresses disparities in communities of color that historically have had less access to health care, housing, economic opportunity and more.

May 30, 2020

Executive Order 142 (English) 

Executive Order 142 (Spanish)

Extends the prohibition of utility shut-offs and implements a moratorium on evictions. 

May 20, 2020

Executive Order 141 (English)

Executive Order 141 (Spanish)

Lifts the statewide Stay at Home Order and moves the state to a Safer At Home recommendation.

May 18, 2020

Executive Order 140 (English)

Executive Order 140 (Spanish)

Extends Executive Order 133 related to transportation.
May 12, 2020

Executive Order 139 (English)

Executive Order 139 (Spanish)

Provides additional regulatory flexibility to help ensure capacity in the state’s health care system and improve its ability to effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 5, 2020

Executive Order 138 (English)

Executive Order 138 (Spanish)

Effective 5 p.m. May 8, 2020, eases some restrictions on travel, business operations and mass gatherings.

April 23, 2020

Executive Order 135 (English)

Executive Order 135 (Spanish)

Extends until May 8, North Carolina’s Stay At Home (Executive Order 121) as well as other orders regarding the closures of restaurants for dine-in service, bars and other close-contact businesses 

April 20, 2020

Executive Order 134 (English)

Executive Order 134 (Spanish)

Allows furloughed employees to be eligible for unemployment benefits.
April 17, 2020

Executive Order 133 (English)

Executive Order 133 (Spanish)

Extends certain provisions in previous executive orders that are related to transportation.
April 9, 2020

Executive Order 131 (English)

Executive Order 131 (Spanish)

Issues stronger social distancing requirements for retail stores still operating, makes earlier COVID-19 guidelines mandatory for nursing facilities and issues changes to speed up certain benefit payments to those who are out of work.

April 8, 2020

Executive Order 130 (English)

Executive Order 130 (Spanish)

Provides more access to health care beds, expands the pool of health care workers and orders essential child care services for workers responding to COVID-19 pandemic.
April 7, 2020 Executive Order 129

Creates more flexibility in law enforcement training schedules during the state of emergency.

March 31, 2020

Executive Order 124 (English)

Executive Order 124 (Spanish)

Prohibits utilities – including electric, gas, water and wastewater services – from disconnecting customers unable to pay during the COVID-19 pandemic and from collecting fees, penalties or interest for late payments. The order applies for the next 60 days and gives residential customers at least six months to pay outstanding bills.

March 30, 2020

Executive Order 122 (English)

Executive Order 122 (Spanish)

Helps schools and local governments access state surplus property to help bridge gaps during the response to COVID-19.
March 27, 2020

Executive Order 121 (English)

Executive Order 121 (Spanish)

Issues a statewide Stay at Home Order beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, at 5 p.m. until April 29, 2020, and directs people to stay at home except to visit essential businesses, to exercise outdoors or to help a family member. Specifically, the order bans gatherings of more than 10 people and directs everyone to physically stay at least 6 feet apart from others.

March 23, 2020

Executive Order 120 (English)

Executive Order 120 (Spanish)

Closes K-12 public schools statewide through May 15, bans mass gatherings of more than 50 people and closes some businesses.

March 21, 2020

Executive Order 119 (English)

Executive Order 119 (Spanish)

Waives restrictions on child care and elder care and provides the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles with flexibilities.
March 17, 2020

Executive Order 118 (English)

Executive Order 118 (Spanish)

Closes restaurants and bars for dine-in service, makes unemployment benefits more widely available.

March 14, 2020

Executive Order 117 (English)

Executive Order 117 (Spanish)

Closes K-12 public schools statewide.

March 10, 2020

Executive Order 116 (English)

Executive Order 116 (Spanish)

Declares a state of emergency to coordinate response and protective actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.