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Guidance for reopening your business

North Carolina will move into Safer At Home Phase 2 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions at 5 p.m. Friday, May 22. Phase 2 runs through at least Friday, June 26 unless changed or canceled.
Industries to remain closed during Phase 2 include bars, night clubs, gyms and indoor fitness facilities, indoor entertainment venues such as movie theaters, and bowling alleys. 


Using information supplied by the NC Department of Health & Human Services, the Gaston Business Task Force has developed this Back to Business Safely website to provide critical information to businesses as they prepare to reopen. Below are guides to industry-specific reopening requirements and recommendations. As future Phase 3 information becomes available, this website will be updated.

DISCLAIMER: The information included does not attempt to address any health, safety or other workplace requirements in place prior to the age of COVID 19. As pandemic circumstances continue to evolve, so will the public health and safety recommendations and requirements. As a result, this resource may not be exhaustive in content. Consequently, we advise consulting with legal counsel and/or other advisors regarding the legality, applicability, and potential efficacy of this information to determine what, if any, additional requirements may apply to your specific business.


The Gaston Business Task Force and its representative member organizations bear no responsibility for any circumstances arising out of, or related to, the adoption, or decision not to adopt, any of the practices or procedures contained in this guide.