Businesses and Employers

North Carolina has moved into Safer At Home Phase 2 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions, as outlined in Executive Order 141

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.

Read the Order's FAQs for more information and refer to Phase 2 Guidance and Guidance for Businesses.

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. 

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