COVID-19 Orders & Directives

Orders and directives issued in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus are listed below.

Executive Orders (2021)

Executive Orders (2021)

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.
 

Date Executive Order Description
Sept. 2, 2021

Executive Order 232 (English)

Executive Order 232 (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)

Executive Order 231 (Spanish)

Reinstates certain unemployment insurance requirements.
Aug. 31, 2021

Executive Order 230 (English)

Executive Order 230 (Spanish) 

Extends transportation-related provisions in previous executive orders.
Aug. 31, 2021

Executive Order 229 (English)

Executive Order 229 (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)

Executive Order 228 (Spanish)

Provides flexibility regarding certain law enforcement training courses.
Aug. 6, 2021

Executive Order 225 (English)

Executive Order 225 (Spanish) 

Extends certain health and human services provisions in previous executive orders and delegations of authority.
July 29, 2021

Executive Order 224 (English)

Executive Order 224 (Spanish)

Implements measures to address COVID-19 and related variants.

June 16, 2021

Executive Order 221

Further extends processes to expedite payment of unemployment insurance claims.
June 11, 2021

Executive Order 220

Extends COVID-19 pandemic response measures in Executive Order 215.
June 10, 2021

Executive Order 219

Established an incentive program to encourage vaccination against COVID-19.

June 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.
April 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.
April 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.

March 30, 2021

Executive Order 207

Extends a previous executive order expediting the processing of unemployment insurance claims through June 30, 2021.
March 30, 2021

Executive Order 206

Extends North Carolina’s statewide residential eviction moratorium through June 30, 2021. 

March 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.

March 23, 2021

Executive Order 204

Further eases restrictions on businesses and gatherings.
March 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

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.
Executive Orders (2020)

Executive Orders (2020)

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.

Date Executive Order Description
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. 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

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. 5, 2020

Executive Order 155

Extends Executive Order 141's Safer At Home Phase 2 measures until at least Sept. 11, 2020.
July 28, 2020

Executive Order 153

Restricts late-night service of alcoholic beverages.

July 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.
July 16, 2020

Executive Order 151

Extends Executive Order 141's Safer At Home Phase 2 measures until at least Aug. 7, 2020.
July 14, 2020

Executive Order 150

Extends certain transportation-related provisions set in previous executive orders.
July 2, 2020

Executive Order 149

Reissues prior executive orders on remote shareholder and nonprofit meetings during the COVID-19 state of emergency.
June 26, 2020

Executive Order 148

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

June 19, 2020

Executive Order 146

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

Executive Order 144

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

June 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.

April 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. 

April 20, 2020

Executive Order 134

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

Executive Order 133

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

April 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.
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 14, 2020

Executive Order 117

Closes K-12 public schools statewide.

March 10, 2020

Executive Order 116

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

Secretarial Orders & Directives

Orders Issued by N.C. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary

Date Secretarial Order or Directive Description
March 10, 2021 Secretarial Order 9 Rescission of Secretarial Order No. 6: Visitation for Long-Term Care Facilities
March 3, 2021 Secretarial Order 8 Allows licensed dentists to administer COVID-19 vaccinations
Jan. 6, 2021

Secretarial Directive

Note: This secretarial directive was rescinded, effective Feb. 26, 2021.

 

Dec. 31, 2020 Secretarial Order 7 Rescission of Secretarial Order No. 4: Mandatory Testing for Staff in Nursing Homes.

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. 1, 2020

Secretarial Order 3

Allows for outdoor visitation at nursing homes or skilled-nursing facilities that meet several public health requirements.

Aug. 7, 2020

Secretarial Order 2

Requires COVID-19 testing every other week for staff at North Carolina nursing homes.

July 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.