COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Current Status

On Tuesday, March 23, Governor Roy Cooper announced lifting some restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Executive Order 204, which will take effect Friday, March 26, at 5 p.m.

Executive Order 204 has three general categories of occupancy restrictions: up to 100 percent capacity, 75 percent capacity, and 50 percent capacity. All businesses must continue to maintain the six feet of distance requirement between patrons and implement other safety protocols as they expand their capacity.

The number of people who may gather indoors will increase from 25 to 50 and the number of people who may gather outdoors will increase from 50 to 100. This EO also fully lifts the restriction on the late-night sale and service of alcoholic beverages on bars, restaurants, and other establishments.

What will stay the same?

  • The statewide mask mandate remains in effect, and masks are still required in both indoor and outdoor settings.

  • Social distancing is still required even as restrictions for capacity are lifted.

What will be changing?

Low Risk Settings

  • Can open up to full capacity

  • Includes childcare, camps, outdoor playgrounds, museums, retail and personal care businesses.

Medium Risk Settings

  • Can open up to 75% capacity indoors

  • Includes restaurants, breweries, wineries, gyms, pools and amusement parks.

Higher Risk Settings

  • Can open up to 50% capacity

  • Includes arenas, conference and reception spaces, movie theaters, gaming and bars.

The decision is based on North Carolina’s COVID-19 key metrics, including a reduction in cases, percent of positive tests, hospitalizations, and number of people visiting the emergency room for COVID-19 symptoms. As vaccine production and distribution is increasing, many North Carolinians are being vaccinated which is contributing to the positive trend in data as well.

Executive Order 204

Frequently Asked Questions

Current COVID Restrictions in NC


North Carolina is currently in Phase 3 of its reopening plan 

Phase 3 runs through at least Friday, April 30.

Current maximum capacity limits (with cleaning and social distancing requirements)

100% for:
  • Museums

  • Retail businesses

  • Personal care, grooming, massage or tattoo businesses

  • Local parks, greenways, nature preserves or playgrounds

  • Worship, religious or spiritual gatherings

  • Wedding or funeral ceremonies (wedding receptions at event venues are subject to event guidelines)

75% indoors/100% outdoors for:
  • Restaurants

  • Breweries, brewpubs, brewery taprooms, wineries and distilleries

  • Amusement parks, bowling alleys and skating rinks

  • Gyms and fitness studios

50% indoors/75% outdoors for:
  • Movie theaters

  • Arcades

50% indoors and outdoors, with no occupancy limits, for:
  • Bars

  • Arenas, amphitheaters and other venues for viewing live performances and live music

  • Arenas, stadiums and other venues for viewing spectator sports

  • Night clubs

  • Meeting and event venues


Mass gathering, social distancing and face covering guidelines

  • Mass gatherings for social purposes of more than 50 indoors/100 outdoors are prohibited. This does not include planned, safe events at business types mentioned above following capacity and health and safety guidelines.

  • Social distancing (6 feet apart from others) must be practiced while in public.

  • A cloth face covering must be worn both indoors and outdoors when you are within 6 feet of people who are not household and family members.


Wake Forest


What Wake Forest is Doing

To reduce the risk of exposure to our employees and community, the Town of Wake Forest has implemented the following measures:

  • All visitors to the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., and other Town facilities must wear a face mask or face covering.

  • Allowing many Town employees to work remotely

  • Holding meetings in person only when absolutely necessary

  • Restricting business travel and conferences, trainings, or meetings as well as any business travel by airline during this time

  • Asking employees to wash hands upon entering the building each morning, and any time they enter a different Town facility

  • Janitorial services have been advised to thoroughly wipe and sanitize door handles, stair rails, and light switches when cleaning Town facilities

  • Deep clean sanitation plans are in place for all Town facilities


What We're Asking of You

The Novel Corona virus, aka COVID-19, is a respiratory disease first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. There are measures you can and should take to avoid becoming infected with COVID-19:

  • Wear a face covering in indoor spaces and in outdoor spaces when unable to physically distance from others

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue

  • Discard tissues after a single use

  • Follow the CDC's travel guidance

  • Maintain social distancing of six feet from other people


COVID-19 Questions?

Specific questions about your risk

email or call 919-250-1500
Someone from Wake County's public health team will return your message within the next business day.

General feedback


Health-related questions

email or call 919-250-1500

Business-related questions

call 919-856-7420 County

The Wake County Health Department is our local source for health-related information. 

Go directly to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) webpage.

Wake County has launched a new dashboard that provides important and current data about how COVID-19 is affecting our community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Specific questions about COVID-19 and your risk

email or call 919-250-1500
Someone from Wake County's public health team will return your message within the next business day.

General feedback

Health-related COVID-19 questions

email or call 919-250-1500

Business-related COVID-19 questions


NC Department of Health & Human Services

The NC Department of Health & Human Services  is the state authority for health-related concerns.

NC 2-1-1 is an information and referral service that families and individuals can call to obtain free and confidential information on health and human services resources within their community. NC 2-1-1 operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and resources are available in most languages.

A Citizen Hotline is available 24/7 at 1-866-462-3821.

To submit questions online, visit and select "chat." For more information, click here.

COVID-19 County Alert System


Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the national authority for health-related concerns. 

Go directly to the CDC's COVID-19 (coronavirus) webpage.

Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities

How to Prepare

The Town of Wake Forest urges residents to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by practicing common health measures, such as washing your hands, covering your mouth, staying home when you’re sick, and cleaning surfaces and frequently touched items. Residents are also encouraged to check on family members, friends or neighbors who may be high-risk.

Residents are encouraged to prepare for the impact of COVID-19 as you would for other emergencies:

  • Make a Plan
    • Plan for social distancing and other prevention measures.

    • Limit the need to go out in public by utilizing services like delivery of groceries and other goods.

  • Build a Kit
    • Have non-perishable food and water, medications and anything you need to stay home to limit the risk of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses in your household.

  • Stay Informed
COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Communications & Public Affairs Director
COVID-19 Questions?

Specific questions about your risk 

General feedback

Health-related questions

Business-related questions

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