Businesses and Employers Following the May 13 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that fully vaccinated individuals can safely do most activities without wearing a mask or the need to social distance from others, Executive Order 215 removed its indoor mask mandate for most settings. FAQs for Executive Order 215 (Spanish) Summary of Current Restrictions Face Coverings and Masks Executive Order 215 lifts all mandatory capacity and gathering limits and social distancing requirements. The following establishments, businesses and institutions are required to follow NCDHHS guidance with respect to indoor face covering requirements and all other COVID-19 related restrictions and recommendations: Schools Child care facilities Children’s day or overnight camps Certain health care settings like long-term care centers Public or private transportation regulated by the state of North Carolina and North Carolina airports, bus and train stations or stops Prisons and establishments that are providing shelter to people experiencing homelessness Establishments that are providing shelter to people experiencing homelessness Guidance and Resources Vaccination Information for Employers Business Vaccine Promotion Incentives Guidance Current Guidance for Easing of Restrictions Guidance for Businesses Additional COVID-19 Resources for NC Businesses COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide Frequently Asked Questions Can my employer force me to work? Businesses and employers are encouraged to use teleworking technology to the greatest extent possible. Employees should work with their employer to determine how they can best minimize risk of illness. This might include staying home when you are sick, using a staggered work schedule, and rearranging the workspace to increase space between coworkers. Does an employee need a negative COVID-19 test before returning to work? Employers should not require documentation of a negative test before allowing an employee to return to work. Someone can end self-isolation and return to normal activities when you can answer YES to ALL of the following questions: Has it been at least 10 days since your symptoms started? Has it been 24 hours since you last had fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications? Have your symptoms, such as coughing and shortness of breath, improved? Read more about next steps to take when you are waiting for a test result, receive a positive test or a negative test.