NEW HANOVER COUNTY – Following new CDC guidance that fully vaccinated individuals can safely do most activities without wearing a mask or the need to social distance from others, Governor Roy Cooper announced Executive Order 215 today. The new order lifts many COVID-19 restrictions across the state, including the indoor mask mandate for most settings, all mass gathering limits, and social distancing requirements.
In line with the Governor’s order, New Hanover County has also lifted mask restrictions and capacity limits for county facilities and properties. Social distancing and mass gathering limits will no longer be in effect on county property and face coverings are no longer required inside a county facility except in the incarceration area of the county’s jail and in the county’s health clinic within the Health and Human Services Building.
Those who have not yet been fully vaccinated are advised to continue to wear face coverings not only in county facilities, but in any public space you visit because of the continued risk of contracting COVID-19. And, regardless of vaccination status, masks will still be required in some settings across the community like public transportation, childcare settings, jails, nursing homes, hospitals, and other public health settings like COVID-19 vaccination sites.
Additional locations and businesses in the county may also choose to continue to require that their customers wear masks.
You can view additional details about the Governor’s executive order here.