Gov. Roy Cooper extends Phase 3 through Dec. 4

Indoor home gatherings targeted by Cooper's mass gathering limits

Gov. Roy Cooper briefs media at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh. Photo via NC Dept of Public Safety

RALEIGH – Gov. Roy Cooper has extended the state’s Phase 3 reopening through December 4th.

In the new executive order, which is scheduled to take effect on Friday, Nov. 13, the indoor mass gathering requirement will be reduced from 25 to 10 people.

“This reduction in our indoor gathering limit aims to slow the spread and bring down our numbers,” Gov. Cooper said. “It also sends a serious signal to families, friends and neighbors across our state. Success in slowing the spread will help our businesses.”

Outdoor mass gathering limits remain unchanged, according to the order.

“Let’s keep our friends, family, and loved ones safe this holiday season. If you are going to travel or get together, plan ahead to reduce the risk to your family and friends,” said N.C. Dept. of Heath and Human Services secretary Mandy Cohen.

According to the FAQ released with the new order, “indoor in-home gatherings” and “indoor in-home social events” are specific targets of the 10 person gathering limit.

The full executive order can be read here.

Gov. Cooper also announced that full-service restaurants are now eligible for assistance through the Mortgage, Utility and Rent Relief Program (MURR) administered by the N.C. Dept. of Commerce.

These businesses may apply for up to 4 months of rent or mortgage interest capped at $20,000 per location for up to 2 locations. Businesses can learn more and apply by visiting

In addition to a new executive order, NCDHHS also released guidelines for Thanksgiving dinner gatherings and Black Friday shopping.

This is a developing story and may be updated.