Governor Cooper Lifts Many COVID-19 Restrictions

Governor Cooper and DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen • Photo governor coopers twitter

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen

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Governor Cooper Lifts Many COVID-19 Restrictions

May 14, 2021

On May 14, 2021 Governor Cooper and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen announced Executive Order (EO) 215 lifting COVID-19 restrictions to reflect new public health recommendations. EO 215 is effective May 14, 2021 at 1:30pm through June 11, 2021 at 5:00pm.

The requirement to wear face coverings is lifted in most settings. Social distancing and capacity requirements have been lifted in all settings.

Face coverings are still required in some settings such as child care, children's day/overnight camps, schools, prisons and homeless shelters. Certain transportation options such as airports, bus and train stations/stops require masks too.

Anyone who wants to wear face coverings can and anyone who has not been vaccinated should. Private businesses may still require face coverings. Local governments can implement stricter COVID-19 face covering, capacity, and social distancing requirements.



Governor Cooper's Press Release

Executive Order 215

EO215 Frequently Asked Questions (UPDATED May 14, 2021)