COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Current Status

North Carolina and the Town of Wake Forest are under a "Safer at Home" order and in Phase 3 of the state's reopening plan

Some restrictions to occupancy, gathering size, and business operations are in effect for the duration of this phase. 

What IS allowed under the "Safer-at-Home" order, all with cleaning and social distancing requirements:
  • Dining at restaurants (can operate at 50% capacity).

  • Enjoying a drink at a brewery, brewpub, brewery taproom, winery or distillery (can operate at 50% capacity).

  • Enjoying a drink outdoors at a bar (can operate at 30% of outdoor capacity—or 100 guests, whichever is less).

  • Exploring museums (can operate at 50% capacity).

  • Visiting a local park, greenway, nature preserve or playground while practicing social distancing.

  • Enjoying bowling alleys, skating rinks and outdoor amusement parks (can operate at 30% capacity).

  • Seeing a movie at the movie theater or playing games at an indoor arcade (can operate at 30% of capacity—or 100 guests, whichever is less).

  • Shopping at retail businesses (can operate at 50% capacity).

  • Visiting a personal care, grooming, massage or tattoo business (can operate at 50% capacity).

  • Exercising in and enjoying gyms and fitness studios (can operate at 30% capacity).

  • Attending a day or overnight camp (with public health requirements).

  • Gathering together for social purposes, so long as they do not exceed the mass gathering limit of 10 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.

  • Holding a wedding ceremony or funeral ceremony without gathering limits. However, receptions or visitations before or after weddings and funerals are subject to the mass gathering limit of 10 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.
  • Holding a worship, religious or spiritual gathering without gathering limits.

  • 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.


What is NOT allowed under the "Safer-at-Home" order:
  • Individuals are required to stay at home or at the place they will stay overnight between 10pm-5am, unless traveling for essential reasons (FAQ).

  • Nighttime closure from 10pm-5am for certain businesses and activities (FAQ).

  • All events or convenings (other than professional and collegiate sporting events) outside the home must end or pause by 10pm.

  • Nightclubs and bar indoor spaces remain closed.

  • Alcoholic beverages may not be served for on-site consumption between 9pm-7am.

  • Mass gatherings for social purposes of more than 10 indoors/50 outdoors are prohibited. This does not include planned events at meetings spaces, hotels, arenas and performing arts centers, reception venues and conference centers abiding by safety guidelines.

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

  • It is required that a cloth face covering is worn when you may be within 6 feet of other people who are not household and family members. This would include at home when friends and family are visiting that are not part of the household, and also indoor community, public and business settings as well as outdoors when you cannot stay at least 6 feet away from other people.


Face coverings are required statewide.


We are in Phase 3 through at least Fri., Jan. 29


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:

  • In accordance with Executive Order (EO) 147, 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:

  • Stay home as much as possible. Please only travel away from your home for essential needs. 

  • 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

Those most at risk if infected with COVID-19 are older adults, people with serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes or lung disease, those with compromised immune systems and long-time smokers. To prevent getting sick and the impact of COVID-19, people who meet these risk factors should avoid going out in public as much as possible.


Phase 3


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

Communications Resources