Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 181 which is a modified stay at home order. EO 181 begins at 5:00 PM on Friday, December 11 and lasts until 5:00 PM on January 8, 2021. The Order requires people to remain at home between the hours of 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM.

Major Takeaways:

  • The order creates a 9:00 PM cutoff for all on-site alcohol consumption;
  • Live entertainment performances, movie screenings, and youth sports must end by 10:00 PM; and
  • Grocers, pharmacies, fuel, and health care businesses are not required to close at 10:00 PM.


  • Travel to and from work when a worker’s presence is required by the worker’s employer;
  • Travel to obtain groceries, carry out food, medical care, fuel, health care necessities, or social services;
  • Travel away from a business that closed at or after 10:00 PM;
  • Travel to a business that will open at or after 5:00 AM;
  • Travel to take care of a family member, friend, or pet in another household;
  • Travel for purposes of personal safety;
  • Travel required by law enforcement or court order; and
  • Using or providing shared transportation. This includes, without limitation, taxis, ride shares, public transportation, airports, and train stations

Exempt Groups:

  • Those persons traveling to or attending religious services or activities;
  • Collegiate and professional sporting events;
  • Media personnel;
  • Law enforcement, first responders, fire teams, and paramedics;
  • Government officials; and
  • Individuals experiencing homelessness.