Indoor gathering limit lowered to 10 in North Carolina

Published 7:23 am Wednesday, November 11, 2020

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North Carolina’s indoor mass gathering limit will be lowered to 10 people. The governor’s Executive Order 176 goes into effect Friday, Nov. 13 and will be in place until 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4.

“This reduction in our indoor gathering limit aims to slow the spread and bring down our numbers,” Cooper said at a media conference Nov. 10. “It also sends a serious signal to families, friends and neighbors across our state.”

The order does not change the reduced capacity limits for certain businesses that have already been laid out, such as restaurants.

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Cooper and NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen also underscored the need for people to wear a mask anytime they gather with people outside of their immediate household. The department has released health guidance to help people celebrate as safely as possible without spreading the virus.

Also on Nov. 10, Cooper announced that full-service restaurants are now eligible for assistance through the Mortgage, Utility and Rent Relief Program administered by the NC Department of Commerce.

These businesses may apply for up to four months of rent or mortgage interest capped at $20,000 per location for up to two locations. Businesses can learn more and apply by visiting