State Executive Order Information

During a state of emergency, the Governor has the constitutional authority to perform and exercise functions, powers, and duties as are necessary to promote and secure the safety and protection of the civilian population.

NC Governor Cooper: Executive Orders (Web Link)

May 20: Executive Order 141

Lifts the statewide Stay at Home Order and moves the state to a Safer At Home recommendation. (Phase 2 FAQ)

May 18: Executive Order 140

Extends Executive Order 133 related to transportation.

May 12: Executive Order 139

Provides additional regulatory flexibility to help ensure capacity in the state’s health care system and improve its ability to effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.(Spanish Open PDF)

May 5: Executive Order 138

Effective 5 p.m. May 8, 2020, eases some restrictions on travel, business operations and mass gatherings. (Spanish Open PDF)

April 23: Executive Order 135

Extends until May 8, North Carolina’s Stay At Home (Executive Order 121) as well as other orders regarding the closures of restaurants for dine-in service, bars and other close-contact businesses (Spanish Open PDF)

April 20: Executive Order 134

Allows furloughed employees to be eligible for unemployment benefits. (Spanish Open PDF)

April 20: Executive Order 133

Extends certain provisions in previous executive orders that are related to transportation. (Spanish Open PDF)

Addresses three issues: requires retail stores that are still operating to implement new social distancing policies to make shopping safer for customers and employees; makes earlier COVID-19 guidelines mandatory for nursing facilities, and recommends other long-term care facilities to do the same; speeds up the process to get benefits to people out of work. FAQ Open PDF.





Prohibits utilities - including electric, gas, water and wastewater services - from disconnecting people who are unable to pay during this pandemic and prohibits them from collecting fees, penalties or interest for late payment. The order applies for the next 60 days and gives residential customers at least six months to pay outstanding bills. FAQ Open PDF. Executive Order 124 (Spanish Open PDF)



Help schools and local governments access state surplus property to help bridge gaps during the response to COVID-19. Executive Order 122 (Spanish Open PDF)



Issues a statewide Stay at Home Order beginning Monday, March 30, 2020 at 5 p.m. until April 29, 2020, directing people to stay at home except to visit essential businesses, to exercise outdoors or to help a family member. Specifically, the order bans gatherings of more than 10 people and directs everyone to physically stay at least six feet apart from others. FAQs (English Open PDF, Spanish Open PDF) | Executive Order 121 (Spanish Open PDF).





Waives restrictions on child care and elder care, provides DMV flexibilities.



Closes restaurants and bars for dine-in service, makes unemployment benefits more widely available. FAQ Open PDF.

This FAQ provides guidance for the implementation of Executive Order No. 118 (Order        https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO118.pdf ) and the Order of Abatement of Imminent Hazard  issued by the Secretary    of the NC Department of Health and Human Services (Order of Abatement https://files.nc.gov/ncdhhs/documents/files/covid- 19/Abatement-Order--Final-3-17-19.pdf).  Individuals should check with local governments to determine whether additional   restrictions have been imposed in local jurisdictions to limit the spread of COVID-19.




March 10: Executive Order 116 Open PDF


Declares a state of emergency to coordinate response and protective actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.