Restaurants

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.

Restaurants can continue to open at 50 percent dine-in capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements. Executive Order 147 directs people to wear face coverings when in public places where physical distancing is not possible.

Executive Order 153 stops the sale of alcoholic drinks in restaurants, breweries, wineries, and distilleries at 11 pm. North Carolina bars that are currently closed will remain closed. This order will take effect Friday, July 31 at 11 p.m. For more information, read the FAQs on this order.

NCDHHS, North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association, NC State Extension and Visit North Carolina have partnered to create the Count on Me NC initiative, a free online training for restaurant managers and staff that is focused on advanced cleaning, disinfection, social distancing, and hygiene practices to protect the public from COVID-19. So far, more 3,500 businesses have already completed the training. Find a list of Count on Me businesses and sign the Guest Pledge at CountOnMenc.org.

Guidance for Restaurants

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements still in effect at restaurants and bars?

Are the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements still in effect at restaurants and bars?

NCDHHS wants to help restaurants and bars continue to serve customers to the greatest extent possible while working within public health guidelines and state and federal law. Restaurants and bars that remain open for take-out and delivery during Phase 1 and plan to open at 50 percent capacity during Phase 2 should keep in mind that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements are still in effect, and all businesses need to continue to ensure reasonable access and accommodations to their employees and customers.

ADA-related guidance specific to employers during a pandemic can be found on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s website.

Additional guidance and resources on the ADA can be found on the ADA’s website and on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s website.

Can hospital cafeterias and other worksites that provide on-site dining facilities remain open?

Can hospital cafeterias and other worksites that provide on-site dining facilities remain open?

Cafeterias and on-site dining facilities can provide only carry out meals during Phase 1. Employees are encouraged to take their food to smaller settings to prevent large gatherings of people in one location but may be allowed to use eating areas as long as mass gathering restrictions and social distancing guidelines are adhered to.