Current Restrictions & Recommendations

As of 5 p.m., July 30, 2021, there are no restrictions or measures imposed by executive order for the general public. Restrictions, however, may be imposed by local governments. 

COVID-19 and variants of the virus, however, remain a threat as North Carolina experiences a rapid increase in cases among those who are unvaccinated. 

Get Vaccinated

Vaccinations are the only way to end the pandemic. Getting vaccinated prevents serious illness, hospitalizations and death and slows community spread. Rigorous clinical trials among thousands of people ages 12 and older, have proven that vaccines are safe and effective. More than 160 million Americans have been safely vaccinated.

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Practice Safety & the 3Ws

If you are not vaccinated, continue practicing the 3Ws:

  • Wear a mask in all indoor public settings.
  • Wait 6 feet apart in all public settings.
  • Wash your hands often.

In addition, you should not gather with unvaccinated people who do not live with you. If you do, stay outside and keep 6 feet apart. If you are not vaccinated, you also should not travel.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends that if you live in an area with high or substantial levels of transmission to wear a mask when in indoor public settings - even if you are vaccinated.

Additionally, in accordance with the updated CDC guidance, all K-12 schools should require universal masking, regardless of vaccination status. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services updated the guidance for schools to align with this recommendation.

NCDHHS has also updated guidance encouraging private sector businesses to, at a minimum, verify vaccination status for their workers. 

Requirements for State Government Employees

Effective Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, unvaccinated employees of state cabinet agency must wear face coverings in any indoor area of a state government office, building or facility that is controlled by an agency that is part of the Governor’s Office or is headed by a member of the Governor’s Cabinet.

Effective Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, employees of state cabinet agencies who are not vaccinated are required to wear a mask and be tested at least once a week for COVID-19, under Executive Order 224. Gov. Roy Cooper encourages other state agencies to do the same.