Communities and Events

North Carolina will remain paused in Phase 3 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions until Nov. 13.

Read Phase 3 FAQs.

Events and Gatherings

In Phase 3, the limits on mass gatherings remains the same: 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.

  • Large outdoor venues with seating greater than 10,000 may operate with 7% occupancy for spectators. 
  • Smaller outdoor entertainment venues, such as arenas or amphitheaters, may operate outdoors at 30% of outdoor capacity – or 100 guests, whichever is less. 

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

Guidance for Mass Gatherings

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.

Interested in hosting a testing event?

NCDHHS released a Partner COVID-19 Testing Toolkit designed for organizations seeking to host community testing events. The comprehensive toolkit comes in response to widespread interest among North Carolina organizations such as community-based organizations, churches and nonprofits. Read the toolkit in English and Spanish.

Materials to share with your communities

NCDHHS has two public outreach campaigns: “Prevent and Protect” and “Whatever Your Reason” ("Cualquiera que sea tu razón"). Review this guide which outlines each campaign's materials.