Businesses and Employers

North Carolina will continue to stay paused in Safer At Home Phase 2. Executive Order 155 extends these restrictions for an additional five weeks until Friday, September 11.

Effective July 31, Executive Order 153 stops the sale of alcholic drinks in restaurants, breweries, wineries, and distilleries at 11 p.m. The order will not apply to grocery stores, convenience stores or other entities permitted to sell alcohol for off-premises consumption. Local governments that have implemented orders that end alcohol sales before 11 p.m. or that apply to other entities remain in effect. For more information, read the FAQs on this order.

Under Executive Order 147, people must wear face coverings when in public places where physical distancing is not possible. In addition, certain businesses must have employees and customers wear face coverings, including retail businesses, restaurants, personal care and grooming; employees of child care centers and camps; state government agencies under the Governor’s Cabinet; workers and riders of transportation; and workers in construction/trades, manufacturing, agriculture, meat processing and healthcare and long-term care settings.

Certain businesses are open at limited capacity with other requirements and recommendations, including: restaurants at 50 percent dine-in capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements; personal care businesses, including salons and barbers, at 50 percent capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements; pools at 50 percent capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements. Employees of personal care businesses will be required to wear face coverings. Teleworking is also urged when possible.

Some businesses remain closed in Phase 2, including: bars; night clubs; gyms and indoor fitness facilities; indoor entertainment venues such as movie theaters, and bowling alleys.

See Additional COVID-19 Resources for NC Businesses

Guidance and Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Can my employer force me to work?

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.