On Oct. 21, 2020, NC Governor Roy Cooper announced he would keep the state in Phase 3 of his three-phased approach to reopen the state for business. Cooper said the extension of Phase 3 will last until at least Nov. 13, 2020. Meanwhile, his face covering mandate, instituted in late June, remains in effect.
Cooper reminded everybody that they need to continue practicing the Three W's (see graphic at top of page) while remaining in Phase 3. Here's what changed and what stayed the same in Phase 3:
- Face coverings are still mandatory for everybody over the age of 5
- Limits on gatherings remain at 25 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 at 30% outdoor capacity or 100 guests, whichever is less
- Bowling alleys, gyms, skating rinks and indoor exercise facilities may open at 30% capacity
- The 11 p.m. curfew on alcohol sales for in-person consumption remains in effect 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 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 safely 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 cloth 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.
COVID Updates from NC Government
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