NC Governor Cooper Just Lifted A Wide Range of Capacity Limits and Gathering Restrictions


North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has just announced sweeping changes to Covid-19 restrictions across our state.

According to Executive Order No. 204, a wide range of capacity limits and gathering restrictions will officially be lifted as of April 30th at 5pm.

“Our fast and fair vaccine distribution and our sustained progress with the COVID-19 metrics tell us we can move forward with easing restrictions if we do it safely,” said Governor Cooper.

The order officially increases the number of people who can gather indoors from 25 to 50 and the number of people who can gather outdoors from 50 to 100, and it lifts the restriction on the late-night sale of alcoholic for bars and restaurants.

Additionally, the order allows for 100% capacity at:

  • Museums and Aquariums
  • Retail Businesses
  • Salons, personal care and grooming businesses, tattoo parlors

75% indoors and 100% outdoor capacity for:

  • Restaurants
  • Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries
  • Recreation (e.g., bowling, skating, rock climbing)
  • Fitness and Physical Activity Facilities (e.g., gyms, yoga studios, fitness centers)
  • Pools
  • Amusement Parks

and 50% indoors and outdoors capacity for:

  • Bars
  • Movie Theaters*
  • Gaming Facilities*
  • Meeting, Reception, and Conference Spaces
  • Lounges (including tobacco) and Night Clubs
  • Auditoriums, Arenas, and other venues for live performances
  • Sports Arenas and Fields (includes professional, collegiate, and amateur

You can read more about the specifics on NC’s FAQ sheet here.