Phase 2 Extension - Face Masks
Posted on Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Face coverings will be required in public places with some exceptions.
Why is North Carolina extending Safer at Home Phase 2?
The Governor and public health officials remain guided by science, data, and facts in
making decisions regarding COVID-19. Since moving into Phase 2 on May 22, 2020,
several key metrics have been trending in a concerning direction.
North Carolina’s daily number of positive COVID-19 tests are continuing to increase;
the percent of COVID-19 tests that are positive has remained high; emergency
department visits for COVID-19 like illnesses are increasing; and hospitalizations for
COVID-19 continue to increase. Doctors, public health officials, hospital
administrators, and health care providers are concerned that unless the spread of
COVID-19 is limited, existing health care facilities may not have the capacity to care
for those who become sick.
Additionally, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and
Infectious Diseases, testified before Congress on June 23, 2020 that the “next couple
weeks are going to be critical” in the country’s ability to address increasing rates of
In order to address these troubling metrics and slow the spread of COVID-19, North
Carolina is continuing the measures of Executive Order No. 141, “the Phase 2
Executive Order” for an additional three weeks — and is imposing a face covering
requirement — to slow the spread of this virus during the pandemic.