On June 24, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen extended the North Carolina Safer at Home Phase 2 order through July 17. The initial Phase 2 order was set to expire on June 26.
The Phase 2 extension also requires everyone to wear face coverings in public spaces, whether inside or outside, where keeping a physical distance of six feet is not possible. The face coverings mandate goes into effect June 26 at 5 p.m.
Face Covering Guidelines
Growing evidence shows that cloth face coverings, when worn consistently, can decrease the spread of COVID-19, especially among people who are not yet showing symptoms of the virus. Effective June 26, everyone must wear a face covering when in public places, indoor or outdoor, where keeping a physical distance from other people who are not members of the same household or residence is not possible.
These settings include, but are not limited to:
Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space, including public schools
Waiting for or riding on public and private multi-person transportation, including but not limited to buses, taxis, ride-hailing, private care service, vans
Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when they are or may be within six feet of other people, including working in or walking through common areas, such as lobbies, hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities
Obtaining services in a healthcare setting
While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not possible
Wearing a face covering is not a substitute for social distancing and handwashing.
Read North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services face covering requirements document for full details. A
toolkit is available for businesses and organizations to remind people to wear face coverings in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
Phase 2 Requirements
Mass gathering limits in Phase 2 will be no more than 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors in most circumstances. These limits apply to event venues, conference centers, stadiums and sports arenas, amphitheaters and groups at parks or beaches.
Some businesses will remain closed in Phase 2 including bars, night clubs, gyms and indoor fitness facilities, indoor entertainment venues such as movie theaters, and bowling alleys.
Certain businesses will be open at limited capacity with other requirements and recommendations including restaurants at 50% dine-in capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements; personal care businesses, including salons and barbers, at 50% capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements; pools at 50% capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements. Under Phase 2, employees of personal care businesses are required to wear face coverings.
Childcare facilities, day camps and overnight camps will be open with enhanced cleaning and screening requirements. Retail businesses allowed to open in Phase 1 at 50% capacity will continue at that level.
Public health recommendations are provided for worship services to practice enhanced social distancing and other cleaning and hygiene practices.
The Safer at Home Phase 2 extension runs through at least 5 p.m. on Friday, July 17. Residents with questions about the North Carolina plan can call 2-1-1 or review the
Executive Order 147 FAQ document.
Mecklenburg County's website for local updates and COVID-19 statistics.
Temporary Outside Dining Registration
The City of Charlotte has developed Temporary Outdoor Dining Guidelines to assist restaurant businesses during the State of North Carolina Phase 2 - easing of restrictions. The guidelines allow for restaurants to utilize parking spaces and extra sidewalk/street space for temporary outdoor dining conversion.
Restaurants with dedicated parking may convert up to 25% of parking spaces to temporary outdoor dining. This could allow for more dining capacity while complying with the City of Charlotte Zoning Ordinance and Governor Cooper's phase 2 requirements. There is no permit fee to enter the program. This program will be available for 90 days starting May 22, 2020, or until the full lifting of Governor Roy Cooper's phased reopening, whichever is sooner. Restaurants are required to register temporary outdoor dining with the City of Charlotte and comply with the requirements outlined in the
Temporary Outdoor Dining Guidelines.
Register for Temporary Outdoor Dining
Temporary outdoor dining must comply with the City of Charlotte Noise Ordinance, and not be in use during the hours of 11 p.m. through 8 a.m. All temporary dining is required to be inspected by the Fire marshal. Restaurants may contact the Fire Marshal to schedule an inspection at 704.336.8374.
Restaurants will also be able to expand sidewalk dining during this period without a permit fee as long as certain pedestrian safety measures and ordinance standards are met. A
Streateries Pilot Program toolkit is available for restaurants to utilize on-street parking spaces and excess pavement for outdoor dining. Restaurant owners with questions about the Streateries Pilot program can email firstname.lastname@example.org.