Effective Jan. 6, 2021, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper extended his modified stay-at-home order in Phase 3 of his three-phased approach to reopen the state for business. This extended mandate, which remains in effect until at least Jan. 29, requires individuals to stay at home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. every day, unless an exception applies. Additionally, many businesses must close at 10 p.m. as part of this order. Furthermore, all on-site alcohol consumption sales are prohibited from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. at restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries, according to the order.
This extended order was prompted by a statewide increase in COVID-19 infections. The state has instituted a color-coded county alert system to inform people where coronavirus spread is most prevalent.
The stay-at-home order is accompanied by an extension of Cooper's recent modification to Phase 3 that requires indoor gatherings be reduced from 25 to 10 people. NC has been under Phase 3 since early October, with extensions and tighter restrictions added periodically.
Meanwhile, the statewide face covering mandate, instituted in late June, remains in effect. Gov. Cooper reminds everyone they need to continue practicing the Three W's (see graphic at top of page) while remaining in Phase 3. Here's what is currently in effect in Phase 3:
- Mandatory stay-at-home order from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily
- Face coverings mandatory for everybody over the age of 5, unless medical conditions apply
- Limits on gatherings are 10 people indoors and 50 people outdoors
- Smaller outdoor entertainment venues may operate at 30% outdoor capacity or 100 guests, whichever is less
- Movie theaters and conference centers may open indoor spaces to 30% capacity or 100 seated guests, whichever is less
- Museums and aquariums may remain open at 50 percent capacity
- Bars may operate outdoors only at 30% outdoor capacity or 100 guests, whichever is less
- Bowling alleys, gyms, skating rinks and indoor exercise facilities may open at 30% capacity
- Curfew on alcohol sales for in-person consumption begins at 9 p.m. nightly for restaurants and outdoor bars
Gov. Cooper's face covering mandate requires people to wear face coverings when in public places (indoors or outdoors) where social distancing of at least 6 feet isn't possible. There are a few exceptions to the face mask mandate:
- Masks are not required for people in the same household outside in public, if they are able to social distance 6 feet from others
- Masks are not required for people with medical conditions and children under 5
- Masks are not required for people who are walking outdoors, or otherwise exercising, and maintaining a social distance of 6 feet from others
Surry County/Yadkin Valley, NC, has welcomed back visitors since May 22, 2020, when Gov. Cooper moved the state into Phase 2.
Most wineries, breweries, city parks, state parks, attractions, restaurants and accommodations continue to operate and welcome visitors. However, we do recommend calling ahead to these places to ensure they are open and inquire about any changes in hours of operation. Tourism is a vital part of our economy and we hope people will consider visiting our beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Like other NC destinations, we ask visitors to practice safe measures when in public spaces, including the Three Ws: wait six feet apart, wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds (or use hand sanitizer), and wear a face covering. Also, refrain from venturing into public places if experiencing a fever or signs of illness.
The visitor experience may be a bit different from place to place. Each winery, attraction and business has implemented protocols to provide a positive guest experience while being mindful of employee safety and overall public health. Please be patient. These protocols require an extra bit of effort by both employees and guests.
If you are not yet comfortable returning to travel, feel free to use this website as a guide for planning future trips to Surry County/Yadkin Valley, NC.
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