Effective March 26, 2021, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper eased more restrictions as part of Phase 3 of his three-phased approach to reopen the state for business following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
The new executive order keeps the mask mandate and six-feet social distancing in place, but allows the following attractions and businesses to operate at 100 percent capacity: museums, aquariums, retail businesses, salons and personal care businesses.
Furthermore, the new order allows the following places to operate at 75 percent capacity indoors/100 percent capacity outdoors: restaurants, wineries, breweries, distilleries, bowling alleys, skating rinks, fitness facilities, pools and amusement parks.
The following businesses and places can now operate at 50 percent capacity indoors and outdoors: bars, meeting and conference facilities, movie theaters, auditoriums, arenas, lounges and night clubs. The 11 p.m. curfew for on-site alcohol consumption has been lifted, and mass gathering limits have increased to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
As mentioned, the statewide face covering mandate -- instituted in late June 2020 -- remains in effect. Gov. Cooper reminds everyone they need to continue practicing the Three W's (see graphic at top of page) while we remain in Phase 3. Here's what is currently in effect in Phase 3:
- Face coverings are mandatory for everybody over the age of 5, unless medical conditions apply
- Limits on gatherings are 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors
- Museums, aquariums, retail stores, salons and personal care businesses can operate at 100 percent capacity
- Restaurants, wineries, breweries, distilleries, bowling alleys, skating rinks, fitness facilities, pools and amusement parks can operate at 75 percent capacity indoors and 100 percent outdoors
- Bars, meeting & conference facilities, movie theaters, auditoriums, arenas, lounges and night clubs can operate at 50 percent capacity
- Final cutoff of alcohol sales for in-person consumption returns to its traditional 2 a.m. time
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 are operating and welcome visitors. However, we do recommend calling ahead to inquire about any changes in hours of operation. Tourism is a vital part of our economy and we hope people will visit 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 varies 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.
North Carolina's color-coded county alert system informs people where coronavirus spread is most prevalent.
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.
COVID Updates from NC Government
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