Safe travel

Safety Information,
Guidance, Guidelines

The safe and healthy travel of our guests is our highest priority. Travelers to Chatham County should continue to observe the health recommendations of national and local public health officials, as they plan to travel, when they travel, and when they are visiting any destination.

We continue to support our local businesses and hospitality professionals affected by this pandemic. Please continue to check back as this page is updated frequently.

COVID-19 Advisory
Gov. Cooper issued Executive Order 224 July 29. FAQ. To stay up to date with the current guidelines, click here.

Specifics. Additional guidance here.

Travel status / COVID-19


Indoor and outdoor social gatherings
Gov. Roy Cooper announced on March 23, 2021, that he is lifting capacity restrictions for restaurants and easing easing capacity limits for bars, meetings spaces and venues. Additionally, Cocktails To-Go is extended and on-site alcohol sales restrictions are lifted through April 30, 2021.

The highlights of Executive Order 204 include:

Capacity limits eased to 75 percent for indoor dining and 100 percent for outdoor dining in restaurants
Capacity restrictions lifted for bars to 50 percent for indoor and outdoor service
Lifting the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. on-site alcohol sales probation
Capacity restrictions for meetings and events at hotels, convention centers, and event venues lifted to 50 percent indoors and outdoors with no occupancy limits
Mask mandate and social distancing protocols will stay in place

Guidelines for Get-Togethers here.

Restaurants, Retail, Alcohol Sales

For more information, FAQs for Executive Order 204 outlines the major changes, what stays the same, and provides additional clarification. The provisions of Executive Orders 190 (extending Cocktails To-Go) and 191 (extending moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent) remain in effect as part of Executive Order 204. Read more on Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Orders and Directives. Thanks to NCRL for additional resources and information.

Interim Guidance:

  • Restaurants can continue to operate indoors at 75 percent dine-in capacity and 100 percent outdoors with distancing and cleaning requirements. See the full Restaurant Guidance.
  • Bars will be allowed to operate indoors and outdoors at 50 percent capacity. See the full Bar and Lounge Guidance.
  • Meeting spaces (including conference rooms and reception areas in a hotel) and event spaces will be allowed to operate at 50 percent of capacity indoors and 100 percent outdoors. See the full Meeting Rooms and Event Spaces Guidance.
  • Capacity limits at indoor fitness centers and gyms can operate at 100 percent.

Read more on the Overview of Interim Guidance and the General Guidance for Businesses and Organizations.

Alcohol Sales and Service FAQ includes information for wineries, breweries, and distilleries.


All travelers should follow guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) for information about the coronavirus.

Safe travel inspiration

Studies show that planning a trip, even thinking about travel, can make you happy. Let us help you with your itinerary for safe travel.

Contact us for your itinerary for day or overnight visit, from four hours to 72 hours or longer. Let’s make plans.