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. COVID-19 and variants of the virus, however, remain a threat, and you should consult with your local town, city and/or county governments for any restrictions or mandates imposed by local leaders.

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.