COVID-19 Orders & Directives

Executive Orders Issued by Gov. Roy Cooper

The Governor's Office is providing this Spanish translation of Executive Orders to serve North Carolina's Spanish-speaking population. The English language version is the original document, and it takes precedence over any discrepancies due to nuance in translation.

Con el fin de brindar un servicio a la población  hispanoparlante de Carolina del Norte, la Administración del Gobernador ofrece la presente traducción al español de las Ordenes Ejecutivas. La versión en inglés es el documento original; por lo tanto, es la versión que prevalecerá en caso de discrepancias debidas a los matices propios de la traducción.

Secretarial Orders, Directives & Advisories Issued by N.C. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary

Date Executive Order, Secretarial Order, Directive or Advisory Description
4-May-22 Executive Order 257 (English) Establishes an incentive program to encourage state employees to receive their COVID-19 booster shot.
4-May-22 Executive Order 257 (Spanish) In Spanish - Establishes an incentive program to encourage state employees to receive their COVID-19 booster shot.
1-Apr-22 Executive Order 256 (English) Extends certain health and human services provisions in previous executive orders and delegations of authority.
1-Apr-22 Executive Order 256 (Spanish) In Spanish - Extends certain health and human services provisions in previous executive orders and delegations of authority.
1-Mar-22 Executive Order 253 (English) Extends and amends the vaccine policy for cabinet agency employees to reflect improving COVID-19 metrics.
1-Mar-22 Executive Order 253 (Spanish) In Spanish - Extends and amends the vaccine policy for cabinet agency employees to reflect improving COVID-19 metrics.
Feb. 28, 2022 Executive Order 252 (English) Extends transportation-related provisions in previous executive orders.
Feb. 28, 2022 Executive Order 252 (Spanish) In Spanish - Extends transportation-related provisions in previous executive orders.
Jan. 5, 2022 Executive Order 245 (English) Extends certain health and human services provisions in previous executive orders and delegations of authority.
Jan. 5, 2022 Executive Order 245 (Spanish) In Spanish - Extends certain health and human services provisions in previous executive orders and delegations of authority.
Jan. 4, 2022 Executive Order 244 (English) Further extends measures to facilitate vaccine administration, COVID-19 testing and the vaccine verification policy for cabinet agencies.
Jan. 4, 2022 Executive Order 244 (Spanish) In Spanish - Further extends measures to facilitate vaccine administration, COVID-19 testing and the vaccine verification policy for cabinet agencies.
Dec. 20, 2021 Secretarial Advisory Urges specific actions, including vaccinations and boosters, to prevent serious illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19 and the Omicron variant.
Nov. 30, 2021 Executive Order 240 (English) Provides flexibility regarding certain law enforcement training courses.
Nov. 30, 2021 Executive Order 240 (Spanish) In Spanish - Provides flexibility regarding certain law enforcement training courses.
Nov. 30, 2021 Executive Order 239 (English) Extends transportation-related provisions in previous executive orders.
Nov. 30, 2021 Executive Order 239 (Spanish) In Spanish - Extends transportation-related provisions in previous executive orders.
Nov. 30, 2021 Executive Order 238 (English) Further extends measures to facilitate vaccine administration, COVID-19 testing and the vaccine verification policy for cabinet agencies.
Nov. 30, 2021 Executive Order 238 (Spanish) In Spanish - Further extends measures to facilitate vaccine administration, COVID-19 testing and the vaccine verification policy for cabinet agencies.
Oct. 4, 2021 Executive Order 236 (English) Extends certain health and human services provisions in previous executive orders and delegations of authorities.
Oct. 4, 2021 Executive Order 236 (Spanish) In Spanish - Extends certain health and human services provisions in previous executive orders and delegations of authorities.
Sept. 24, 2021 Executive Order 234 (English) Provides flexibility in certain health assessments and immunization requirements due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sept. 24, 2021 Executive Order 234 (Spanish) In Spanish - Provides flexibility in certain health assessments and immunization requirements due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sept. 2, 2021 Executive Order 232 (English) Directs the issuance of a statewide standing order to expand access to monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19.
Sept. 2, 2021 Executive Order 232 (Spanish) In Spanish - Directs the issuance of a statewide standing order to expand access to monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19.
Sept. 2, 2021 Executive Order 231 (English) Reinstates certain unemployment insurance requirements.
Sept. 2, 2021 Executive Order 231 (Spanish) In Spanish - Reinstates certain unemployment insurance requirements.
Aug. 31, 2021 Executive Order 230 (English) Extends transportation-related provisions in previous executive orders.
Aug. 31, 2021 Executive Order 230 (Spanish)  In Spanish - Extends transportation-related provisions in previous executive orders.
Aug. 31, 2021 Executive Order 229 (English) Extends measures to facilitate vaccine administration, COVID-19 testing and the vaccine verification policy for cabinet agencies.
Aug. 31, 2021 Executive Order 229 (Spanish) In Spanish - Extends measures to facilitate vaccine administration, COVID-19 testing and the vaccine verification policy for cabinet agencies.
Aug. 27, 2021 Executive Order 228 (English) Provides flexibility regarding certain law enforcement training courses.
Aug. 27, 2021 Executive Order 228 (Spanish) In Spanish - Provides flexibility regarding certain law enforcement training courses.
Aug. 6, 2021 Executive Order 225 (English) Extends certain health and human services provisions in previous executive orders and delegations of authority.
Aug. 6, 2021 Executive Order 225 (Spanish)  In Spanish - Extends certain health and human services provisions in previous executive orders and delegations of authority.
Jul. 29, 2021 Executive Order 224 (English) Implements measures to address COVID-19 and related variants.
Jul. 29, 2021 Executive Order 224 (Spanish) In Spanish - Implements measures to address COVID-19 and related variants.
Jun. 16, 2021 Executive Order 221 Further extends processes to expedite payment of unemployment insurance claims.
Jun. 11, 2021 Executive Order 220 Extends COVID-19 pandemic response measures in Executive Order 215.
Jun. 10, 2021 Executive Order 219 Established an incentive program to encourage vaccination against COVID-19.
Jun. 1, 2021 Executive Order 217 Extends transportation-related provisions in previous executive orders.
May. 21, 2021 Executive Order 216 Reinstates work search requirements for unemployment insurance benefits.
May. 14, 2021 Executive Order 215 Lifts COVID-19 restrictions to reflect new public health recommendations.
May. 10, 2021 Executive Order 212 Reissues prior executive orders on remote shareholder and nonprofit meetings during the COVID-19 state of emergency.
May. 10, 2021 Executive Order 211 Extends certain health and human services provisions in previous executive orders and delegations of authority.
Apr. 29, 2021 Executive Order 210 Further extends the authorization of delivery and carry-out of services and products as an alternative to on-site consumption and receipt.
Apr. 28, 2021 Executive Order 209 Removes the outdoor face covering requirement, relaxes restrictions on gatherings and extends the capacity and social distancing measures of Executive Order 204.
Mar. 30, 2021 Executive Order 207 Extends a previous executive order expediting the processing of unemployment insurance claims through June 30, 2021.
Mar. 30, 2021 Executive Order 206 Extends North Carolina’s statewide residential eviction moratorium through June 30, 2021. 
Mar. 30, 2021 Executive Order 205 Extends the North Carolina ABC Commission’s authorization to permit the delivery or carry-out of mixed beverages as an alternative to on-site consumption through April 30, 2021.
Mar. 23, 2021 Executive Order 204 Further eases restrictions on businesses and gatherings.
Mar. 10, 2021 Secretarial Order 9 Rescission of Secretarial Order No. 6: Visitation for Long-Term Care Facilities
Mar. 3, 2021 Secretarial Order 8 Allows licensed dentists to administer COVID-19 vaccinations
Mar. 1, 2021 Executive Order 200 Reinstates work search requirements for unemployment insurance benefits for new claimants.
Feb. 26, 2021 Executive Order 198 Extends prior executive orders related to remote shareholder and nonprofit meetings during the COVID-19 state of emergency.
Feb. 26, 2021 Executive Order 197 Extends and amends certain transportation-related provisions in previous executive orders.
Feb. 24, 2021 Executive Order 195 Lifts the Modified Stay at Home Order and eases certain restrictions on businesses and gatherings.
Feb. 9, 2021 Executive Order 193 Extends certain health and human services provisions in previous executive orders and delegations of authority.
Jan. 27, 2021 Executive Order 192 Reissues certain transportation-related provisions in previous executive orders.
Jan. 27, 2021 Executive Order 191 Further extends until March 31, 2021, North Carolina’s moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent.
Jan. 27, 2021 Executive Order 190 Extends until at least March 31, 2021, the authorization of delivery or carry-out of mixed beverages as an alternative to on-site consumption.
Jan. 27, 2021 Executive Order 189 Further extends the Modified Stay at Home order until at least Feb. 28, 2021.
Jan. 6, 2021 Secretarial Directive Note: This secretarial directive was rescinded, effective Feb. 26, 2021.
Jan. 6, 2021 Executive Order 188 Extends Executive Order 181's Modified Stay at Home order.
Jan. 4, 2021 Executive Order 185 Extends prior executive orders related to remote shareholder and nonprofit meetings during the COVID-19 state of emergency.
Dec. 31, 2020 Secretarial Order 7 Rescission of Secretarial Order No. 4: Mandatory Testing for Staff in Nursing Homes.
Dec. 30, 2020 Executive Order 184 Extends through Jan. 31, 2021, North Carolina’s moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent.
Dec. 21, 2020 Executive Order 183 Authorizes the the delivery or carry-out of mixed beverages as an alternative to on-site consumption.
Dec. 8, 2020 Executive Order 181 Implements the Modified Stay at Home order and requires nighttime closure for certain businesses and activities for all North Carolinians during overnight hours.
Nov. 23, 2020 Executive Order 180 Increases face covering requirements to prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19.
Nov. 13, 2020 Executive Order 177 Extends certain Health and Human Services provisions in previous orders and delegations of authority.
Nov. 10, 2020 Executive Order 176 Further extends the Phase 3 order and implementation of additional measures to protect public health.
Oct. 30, 2020 Executive Order 173 Extends prior executive orders on remote shareholder and nonprofit meetings during the COVID-19 state of emergency.
Oct. 30, 2020 Executive Order 172 Further extends deadlines for certain health assessments and immunization requirements as a result of impacts of the pandemic.
Oct. 28, 2020 Executive Order 171 Clarifies the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s eviction moratorium to prevent unwarranted evictions and help struggling communities.
Oct. 21, 2020 Executive Order 170 (English) Extends Executive Order 169, keeping the state in Phase 3 of lifting COVID-19 coronavirus restrictions.
Sept. 30, 2020 Executive Order 169 Revises prohibitions and restrictions that move the state into Phase 3 measures.
Sept. 28, 2020 Secretarial Order 6 Updates visitation guidelines for nursing homes to allow indoor visitation.
Sept. 22, 2020 Secretarial Order 5 Extends Secretarial Order 3.
Sept. 21, 2020 Secretarial Order 4 Replaces Secretarial Order 2 and applies only to nursing homes, including nursing home beds in hospital facilities.
Sept. 21, 2020 Executive Order 165 Extends certain Health and Human Services provisions in previous orders and delegates authority of long-term care facilities to the secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Hman Services. 
Sept. 14, 2020 Executive Order 164 Extends certain transportation-related measures in previous executive orders.
Sept. 1, 2020 Secretarial Order 3 Allows for outdoor visitation at nursing homes or skilled-nursing facilities that meet several public health requirements.
Sept. 1, 2020 Executive Order 163 Revised prohibitions and restrictions that move the state into Safer at Home Phase 2.5 measures. 
Aug. 31, 2020 Executive Order 162 Extends Executive Order 153, which restricts late-night service of alcoholic beverages.
Aug. 31, 2020 Executive Order 161 Extends prior executive orders on remote shareholder and nonprofit meetings during the COVID-19 state of emergency.
Aug. 14, 2020 Executive Order 157 Extends certain transportation-related provisions in previous executive orders.
Aug. 11, 2020 Executive Order 156  Extends proof-of-immunization and health assessment documentation deadlines for students enrolled in public, private or religious educational institutions, including child care facilities, K-12 schools, colleges and universities.
Aug. 7, 2020 Secretarial Order 2 Requires COVID-19 testing every other week for staff at North Carolina nursing homes.
Aug. 5, 2020 Executive Order 155 Extends Executive Order 141's Safer At Home Phase 2 measures until at least Sept. 11, 2020.
Jul. 28, 2020 Executive Order 153 Restricts late-night service of alcoholic beverages.
Jul. 24, 2020 Secretarial Order 1 Continues restrictions of all visitors and non-essential health care personnel at nursing homes and skilled-nursing facilities, except for certain compassionate-care situations, including end-of-life situations. Communal dining and group activities also remain restricted.
Jul. 24, 2020 Executive Order 152 Extends certain Health and Human Services provisions in previous executive orders and returns regulatory authority for skilled-nursing facilities to the secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.
Jul. 16, 2020 Executive Order 151 Extends Executive Order 141's Safer At Home Phase 2 measures until at least Aug. 7, 2020.
Jul. 14, 2020 Executive Order 150 Extends certain transportation-related provisions set in previous executive orders.
Jul. 2, 2020 Executive Order 149 Reissues prior executive orders on remote shareholder and nonprofit meetings during the COVID-19 state of emergency.
Jun. 26, 2020 Executive Order 148 Extends certain health and human services provisions set in previous executive orders.
Jun. 24, 2020 Executive Order 147 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.
Jun. 19, 2020 Executive Order 146 Extends certain transportation-related provisions in previous executive orders.
Jun. 5, 2020 Executive Order 144 Extends certain health and human services provisions in previous executive orders.
Jun. 4, 2020 Executive Order 143 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 Extends the prohibition of utility shut-offs and implements a moratorium on evictions. 
May. 20, 2020 Executive Order 141 Lifts the statewide Stay at Home Order and moves the state to a Safer At Home recommendation.
May. 18, 2020 Executive Order 140 Extends Executive Order 133 related to transportation.
May. 12, 2020 Executive Order 139 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 Effective 5 p.m. May 8, 2020, eases some restrictions on travel, business operations and mass gatherings.
Apr. 23, 2020 Executive Order 135  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. 
Apr. 20, 2020 Executive Order 134 Allows furloughed employees to be eligible for unemployment benefits.
Apr. 17, 2020 Executive Order 133 Extends certain provisions in previous executive orders that are related to transportation.
Apr. 9, 2020 Executive Order 131 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.
Apr. 8, 2020 Executive Order 130 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.
Apr. 7, 2020 Executive Order 129 Creates more flexibility in law enforcement training schedules during the state of emergency.
Mar. 31, 2020 Executive Order 124 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.
Mar. 30, 2020 Executive Order 122 Helps schools and local governments access state surplus property to help bridge gaps during the response to COVID-19.
Mar. 27, 2020 Executive Order 121 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.
Mar. 23, 2020 Executive Order 120 Closes K-12 public schools statewide through May 15, bans mass gatherings of more than 50 people and closes some businesses.
Mar. 21, 2020 Executive Order 119 Waives restrictions on child care and elder care and provides the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles with flexibilities.
Mar. 17, 2020 Executive Order 118 Closes restaurants and bars for dine-in service, makes unemployment benefits more widely available.
Mar. 14, 2020 Executive Order 117 Closes K-12 public schools statewide.
Mar. 10, 2020 Executive Order 116 Declares a state of emergency to coordinate response and protective actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.