Community Events

North Carolina has moved into a Safer At Home Phase 2, as outlined in Executive Order 141.

In Phase 2, gatherings of more than 10 people in a single indoor space remains prohibited. In outdoor spaces, gatherings of more than 25 people are prohibited. These mass gathering limits include parades, fairs, festivals, auditoriums, stadiums, arenas, conference rooms, and meeting halls. The mass gathering limit does not apply to retail businesses, restaurants, personal care and grooming businesses, pools, child care, day camps, and overnight camps.

Read the FAQs for more information. Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about mass gatherings or community events.

Community and Faith-Based Organizations

Community- and faith-based organizations, whose members may include high-risk populations, should plan for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their local communities.

While regular faith-based gatherings are an important part of many North Carolinians’ lives, it is important to protect high-risk individuals from potential exposure to COVID-19.

The mass gathering limit and other requirements of Executive Order 141 do not apply to worship, religious, and spiritual gatherings, funeral ceremonies, wedding ceremonies, and other activities constituting the exercise of First Amendment rights. Individuals are encouraged to follow the Three Ws to reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19. Read the guidance for places of worship and religious services and learn more from the CDC about ways to reduce transmission of COVID-19.

Mass Transit

Mass transit operators should maximize opportunities for cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces. People should avoid using mass transit (e.g. buses, trains) while sick. Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about local travel, including mass transit.

Guidance for Mass Gatherings

Frequently Asked Questions

Can places of worship hold services?

Can places of worship hold services?

The mass gathering limit and other requirements of Executive Order 141 do not apply to worship, religious, and spiritual gatherings, funeral ceremonies, wedding ceremonies, and other activities constituting the exercise of First Amendment rights. Individuals are encouraged to follow the Three Ws to reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19.

Review the guidance for places of worship and religious services for additional information.

 

Can funerals be held?

Can funerals be held?

Even though there is no mass gathering cap on the people who may attend a wedding or funeral ceremony, receptions or visitations before or after weddings and funerals are subject to the mass gathering limit. Individuals are encouraged to follow the Three Ws to reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19.

Review Mass Gatherings Guidance for more information.  

What about planned wedding ceremonies or receptions?

What about planned wedding ceremonies or receptions?

Even though there is no mass gathering cap on the people who may attend a wedding or funeral ceremony, receptions or visitations before or after weddings and funerals are subject to the mass gathering limit. Individuals are encouraged to follow the Three Ws to reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19.

Review Mass Gatherings Guidance for more information.