Restaurants

 

Executive Order 188 extends the modified Stay at Home Order until at least January 29, requiring people to stay at home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Executive Order 180 included additional COVID-19 safety measures to tighten mask requirements and enforcement. In restaurants, guests are required to wear face coverings at their table unless they are actively eating or drinking.

Executive Order 176 lowered the indoor mass gathering limit for social gatherings to 10 people in an effort to drive down North Carolina’s key COVID-19 metrics. The Order does not change the reduced capacity limits for certain businesses that have already been outlined in Executive Order 169. Restaurants can continue to open at 50 percent dine-in capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements.

Guidance and Resources

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.