Executive Order 209 will take effect this Friday, April 30th, 2021 at 5pm and remain in effect through June 1st, 2021 at 5pm.

Here are some of the key points:

  • Under the new Executive Order, masks will still be required indoors but are no longer mandated outdoors. Masks are still strongly recommended outdoors by NC DHHS in crowded areas and higher risk settings where social distancing is difficult. 
  • Executive Order No. 209 will also increase mass gathering capacity limits. The number of people who may gather indoors will increase from 50 to 100 and the number of people who may gather outdoors will increase from 100 to 200.
  • Occupancy limits currently in place will remain the same.
  • As more North Carolinians get vaccinated and adhere to safety protocols over the course of the next month, the state anticipates lifting more restrictions on June 1


Read Executive Order No. 209.

Read Frequently Asked Questions.

View the slides from the briefing.

Gov. Cooper announces Executive Order 209 Easing Statewide Restrictions