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NC Becomes the 45th State to Ease Quarantine Restrictions

NC Becomes the 45th State to Ease Quarantine Restrictions


NC FlagFollowing the announcement last week to extend the Stay-at-Home Order through May 8th, NC residents were told that we were on-track to begin the President’s 3-phased approach to gradually and meticulously lifting the Order’s restrictions.


As we had been doing since the onset of this pandemic, we were watching the data trajectory very closely. We had high hopes that our time quarantined was going to be coming to an end…and soon!



North Carolina is taking the three-phased approach – based on data from testing, tracing and trends - that President Trump suggested to all governors in late April. At this point in time, NC is on the right path and our numbers support a May 8 (5PM) movement into Phase I of the plan to ease the restrictions, which our governor has approved. 


At 5PM on Friday, May 8, 2020, North Carolina will move into Phase 1 of the plan. In a nutshell, NC’s Stay-at-Home order will remain in place but, the new executive order increases the number of reasons people are allowed to leave. 




While the Stay-at-Home Order remains in place, there are modifications with each of the 3 phases. 


Phase 1 removes ‘essential’ and ‘non-essential' titles from businesses and focuses on getting a very large portion of our businesses back to work. The exception to these businesses (those not allowed to return to work or are modified) are as follows:


  • GYMS - Will remain CLOSED
  • WORSHIP SERVICES - Outdoors only
  • RETAIL - 50% capacity allowed with social distancing and proper cleaning/disinfecting.
  • BARS - Take-out & delivery only
  • RESTAURANTS - Take-out & delivery only







Other restrictions that are of importance:


  • GATHERINGS - 10-person limit
  • PLAYGROUNDS  - Will remain CLOSED
  • STATE PARKS & TRAILS - Opening encouraged




What’s Next?


Closed to stop the spread


Phase 2 of the three-phased approach to lift restrictions may not be implemented if:


- infections spike or benchmark trends begin to move in the wrong direction. If this happens, the state may move to a previous phase to protect public health.



Science and data available will be used to make all decisions as well as continued consultation with business and industry leaders. To follow this data, you can visit the COVID-19 North Carolina Dashboard. 


More specific questions? Here are the state’s FAQs regarding the implementation of Executive Order #138 to protect public health.





Stop the spread in NCSocial distancing, hand hygiene, and other methods to slow the spread of COVID-19 should continue to be practiced.





The 3 w’s:

1. Wear a mask

2. Wash your hands

3. Walk & wait 6-feet apart




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Comment balloon 10 commentsDebe Maxwell, CRS • May 06 2020 04:09AM


Morning Debe.

Our restaurants will reopen on Monday May 11.  I know I will be at our favorite restaurant, maybe not on Monday, but soon after

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) 2 months ago

Good morning, Debe Maxwell, CRS all of that plan sounds reasonable.... one step at a time, and if everyone participates properly, you can't miss.... be careful....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 2 months ago

Good morning Debe. Reopening in stages will allow for monitoring, but only works if we all cooperate.  It will have different results in different states. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 2 months ago

Thank you very much for sharing this update.

The stay at home order is still in effect in Maryland. 

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 2 months ago

Our state is doing this depending on a county by county step. So those counties with better infection rates open first, and others have to wait.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 2 months ago

Debe good to see you guys are opening up.  We open up in two weeks, and I already set an appointment to get my hair cut on April 20th.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 2 months ago

Hello Debe, we get to open up May 9 and can finally get a haircut and get out and show homes.

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 2 months ago

Hi Debe- it's good to begin reopening and it is so important that we all continue to wash our hands, wear masks, and wait and walk 6 feet apart. Our salons will be able to open this Friday, May 8. Our restaurants opened last Friday but with limited capacity. I picked up Mexican food for Cinco de Mayo and went inside to pick it up. How unusual it was to see all of the space left around the tables. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 2 months ago

Ha ha Debe, we are holding strong your future president Gavin Gruesom will be the last to release the inmates... with that said my hair will be in a pony  tail soon:))Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 2 months ago

Debe Maxwell, CRS  Let's hope people take it slow and the virus does not spread.  Stay safe and stay well  - great information in this post 

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 2 months ago

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