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COVID-19 Re-Opening Phase 3 to Begin Friday, October 2


While the Governor said “our stability is fragile” – COVID-19 metrics are stable enough that our state can head into Phase 3 on Friday, Oct. 2nd at 5 p.m. If key COVID-19 metrics on things like hospitalizations and positive cases don’t increase, North Carolina will stay in Phase 3 for three weeks until Friday, Oct. 23rd.  

•    Everyone in public must still wear a mask when six feet of distancing is not possible. The mask requirement will likely remain until there is a vaccine, according to the Governor. 
•    Restaurants, breweries, retail stores, hair salons, gyms and parks continue to be open.
•    Capacity for restaurants and breweries is not increasing – it’s still 50% capacity.  
•    Large gathering limits remain: no more than 25 people indoors and 50 outdoors. 
•    Phase 3 will finally allow bars, movie theaters, conference centers, amusement parks and event and entertainment venues to open.  
•    Bars can open outdoors only, at 30% of outdoor capacity, or 100 guests, whichever is less. Bars that don’t have outdoor seating can open outdoor spaces to no more than seven people for every 1,000 square feet of outdoor area. The 11 p.m. alcohol curfew for on-site consumption stays in place. Customers must wear face masks when not actively drinking or eating — meaning you should wear one when entering or walking to and from restrooms.
•    Music clubs and lounges can open just like bars (30% or 100 patrons, whatever is less) as long as everyone is seated not standing around and mingling. 
•    Outdoor amusement parks may open at 30% capacity. Indoor amusement park rides must remain closed.
•    Large outdoor venues with more than 10,000 can open at 7% capacity.
•    Smaller outdoor entertainment venues can operate at 30% of outdoor capacity or 100 guests, whichever is less. 
•    Halloween is not canceled but state health experts don’t recommend going door-to-door for candy. Sticking hands into bowls should be discouraged. Indoor costume parties are not recommended. People could consider handing out individual goodie bags, tossing candy to kids from 6 feet away, or having outdoor parties with social distancing. 

Our buildings and facilities remain closed to the public, with the exception of the Clayton Library, which is invited patrons to browse all our library resources by appointment. Utility bills can be paid using the drive-up dropbox in the parking lot of Town Hall, at the corner of Horne & Fayetteville streets in Downtown Clayton. Town leaders are working on a plan to slowly re-open with a priority of ensuring the safety of the public and our staff. Employees continue to work full-time in all departments, serving residents and businesses by phone, email and virtual meetings. Town Council and Planning Board are meeting in-person with limited attendance to ensure social distancing. These meetings continue to be streamed LIVE.

Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQ”) for Executive Order No. 169

Under this Order:
• Bars’ outdoor seating areas may reopen, subject to reduced capacity limits and other restrictions. Indoor bar areas remain closed.
• Music halls, night clubs, lounges, adult entertainment, venues for live performances, arenas with spectators, and theaters where guests are seated may reopen, subject to reduced capacity limits for outdoor spaces and subject to the mass gathering limit (25 Guests per facility) for indoor spaces.
• The outdoor areas of amusement parks may reopen, subject to reduced capacity limits and other restrictions.
• Movie theaters may reopen, subject to reduced capacity limits and other restrictions.
• Meeting spaces in hotels, conference centers, meeting halls, and reception venues may host receptions, meetings and other functions, subject to reduced capacity limits and other restrictions.
• Gaming establishments may reopen, subject to reduced capacity limits.
• Very Large Outdoor Facilities with a capacity of more than 10,000 Guests may reopen at 7% of the facility’s total seating capacity, if they meet certain requirements.

What remains the same under Phase 3?
• The Mass Gathering limit remains at 25 indoors and 50 outdoors.
• Indoor seating areas in bars remain closed.
• Indoor rides at amusement parks remain closed.
• Fitness and exercise facilities remain open, subject to reduced capacity limits and other requirements.
• Restaurants remain subject to capacity limits and other requirements for in-person dining.
• Personal care businesses such as hair salons, nail salons, barber shops and more remain subject to capacity limits and other requirements.
• Museums and aquariums remain open, subject to reduced capacity limits and other requirements.
• Face coverings are still required in public when it is not possible to maintain social distancing from non-household members. In Phase 3, this requirement applies to any public place or business, indoor or outdoor.
• Alcohol sales are still required to cease from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Are Guests required to wear face coverings while riding on outdoor rides?
Yes. Guests are required to wear face coverings in all public places, including on the premises or on transportation operated by amusement parks, unless an exception applies.

If my amusement park has a dining or retail area, may I operate those indoor portions of the facility?
Yes. However, indoor rides and other indoor attractions remain closed.

I am taking a large group to an outdoor amusement park. Are we subject to the mass gathering limit?
Yes. Group activities at outdoor amusement parks are permitted, subject to the Mass Gathering limit.

Are bars open under this Order?
Yes, for on-site consumption in outdoor seating areas only, subject to applicable local and state regulations. Indoor bar areas must remain closed.

Are non-bar nightclubs, lounges, adult entertainment facilities, other night spots, and arenas open under this Order?
Yes, provided they can comply with the terms of the Order, including the requirement that Guests remain seated. All establishments in this category may open their outdoor areas, subject to emergency occupancy limits and other requirements, and may operate indoors subject to the mass gathering limit (25 per facility).

Where are bars, night spots, and arenas allowed to serve alcoholic beverages?
Alcoholic beverages may be consumed only in outdoor seating areas, subject to applicable local and state regulations.

Can Guests go inside the bar to order drinks?
If necessary, Guests may place orders inside the establishment. However, all alcoholic beverages must be consumed in the outdoor seating area. Guests placing orders inside the establishment must wear face coverings and wait six feet apart.

My bar or nightclub does not have a designated outdoor seating area. May I use a parking lot, grassy area, or other designated space?
Establishments should check their local and state regulations to determine if and how they can expand their outdoor premises. At all times on existing or expanded outdoor premises, tables must be arranged six feet apart and the establishment must be in compliance with emergency occupancy limits.

For my bar, night spot, or arena, how many Guests are allowed in the outdoor seating area?
The lesser of 100 people or 30% of the outdoor occupancy limit. For example, if a bar’s outdoor occupancy limit is 400 people, its 30% occupancy calculation would be 120 people outdoors. However, bars may only serve 100 people outdoors, per the terms of this Order, so this bar is allowed 100 Guests.

This Order continues the restrictions on the late night sale of alcohol. Does this mean my bar has to close at 11:00pm?
No, but alcohol sales must cease at 11:00 p.m.

Is music and live performance allowed at my bar, night spot, or arena?
Yes. All performers must follow social distancing guidelines.

May guests be seated both indoors and outdoors at non-bar night clubs, lounges, and other night spots?
These establishments may seat up to 25 guests indoors while also having guests seated outdoors up to the maximum capacity limit. Establishments that were not seated before COVID-19 may bring in seats. Alcohol consumption is only permitted in outdoor seating areas.

May bars have pool tables, dart games, and other amenities available for their guests?
Only outdoors. Indoor bar amenities are not open under this Order.

Are movie theaters allowed to reopen?
Yes. Movie theaters may reopen subject to occupancy limits and other restrictions.

Which event and entertainment facilities remain closed under this Order?
Indoor event and entertainment venues, night clubs, lounges, and other night spots where guests are not seated.

May I have an indoor wedding reception?
Yes. Venues may host wedding receptions with an occupancy limit of the lesser of 100 people or 30% of the stated fire capacity. Guests must be seated and the establishment must follow other requirements set forth in the Order. Facilities should avoid scheduling a standing reception or cocktail hour. Wedding ceremonies are not subject to the capacity and other requirements in this Order, but Guests are encouraged to follow the Three Ws (Wear a face covering, Wash hands, and Wait six feet apart).

May I serve alcohol at my movie theater, meeting space, or gaming business?
Yes, if allowed under applicable local and state regulations.

At seated events and venues, may guests bounce from table to table?
No. Guests must remain seated.

Are transportation vehicles used for amusement (such as hayrides and trolleys) allowed to operate?
Yes, subject to 30% occupancy limitations and other requirements.

When must the sale or service of alcoholic beverages cease?
For any business that is open and permitted to serve alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption, the sale and service of alcoholic beverages must cease between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.

Do the limits placed on spectators at entertainment and sporting events in very large outdoor facilities apply to professional and collegiate sports?
Yes. Spectators at professional and collegiate sporting events at very large outdoor facilities (defined as those facilities with a total seating capacity of 10,000 or more and which meet the other conditions in the Order) are limited to 7% of the facility’s total seating capacity.

Are alcohol sales permitted at very large outdoor facility events?
Yes, alcoholic beverages may be served for on-site consumption, subject to applicable local and state regulation. However, if a very large outdoor facility has a distinct indoor bar area (like a bar in the facility’s concourse), guests may not consume alcohol in that area.

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