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Posted on: May 14, 2021

Mask Mandate and Other COVID-19 Restrictions Lifted in North Carolina, Effective Immediately

Effective immediately, North Carolina has lifted all mandatory capacity, gathering limits, social distancing requirements and easing most mask requirements. Following yesterday’s guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that fully vaccinated individuals can safely do most activities without wearing a mask or the need to social distance from others, the state will remove its indoor mask mandate for most settings. Additionally, the state will lift all mass gathering limits and social distancing requirements. These changes are now in effect.

In accordance with the new CDC guidance, there will still be certain settings where masks and other safety measures will be required.

  • Masks will still be required in childcare, schools and camps as most children are either not yet vaccinated or are not yet eligible to be vaccinated.
  • Everyone, including people who are fully vaccinated, will still be required to wear a mask in certain settings such as public transportation, health care settings like hospitals, doctor’s offices and long-term care settings like nursing homes, and certain congregate settings like correctional facilities and homeless shelters.

NCDHHS will continue to have strong public health recommendations for individuals to continue to protect one another until more people are vaccinated. People who are not vaccinated should wear a mask and maintain distance in all indoor public settings and in outdoor settings when they cannot maintain six feet of distance.

Masks are strongly recommended for everyone at large crowded indoor events like sporting events and live performances. 

Please also note that individual businesses may follow different policies.

Read the Executive Order.

Read a FAQ about today’s Order

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