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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

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Explore Nash County has the well-being of all visitors and residents of Nash County/Rocky Mount as our highest priority.


As North Carolina’s trends continue to show improvement and vaccine distribution increases with 31.7% of North Carolinians over 18 having received at least one dose of vaccine, Governor Roy Cooper announced today that the state will continue to ease some COVID-19 restrictions. Executive Order No. 204 will take effect March 26 at 5 pm is set to expire April 30 at 5 pm. The state’s general mask mandate remains in effect.

Executive Order No. 204 has three general categories of occupancy restrictions: up to 100 percent capacity, 75 percent capacity, and 50 percent capacity. All businesses must continue to maintain the 6 feet of distance requirement between patrons and implement other safety protocols as they expand their capacity.

Executive Order No. 204 will also increase mass gathering limits. The number of people who may gather indoors will increase from 25 to 50, and the number of people who may gather outdoors will increase from 50 to 100. This Order also fully lifts the restriction on the late-night sale and service of alcoholic beverages on bars, restaurants, and other establishments.

Indoors and Outdoors up to 100% Capacity, Subject to Masks and 6 ft. Social Distancing 

Indoors up to 75% and Outdoors up to 100% Capacity, Subject to Masks and 6 ft. Social Distancing 

Indoors and Outdoors up to 50% Capacity, Subject to Masks and 6 ft. Social Distancing 

*Movie theaters and gaming facilities may operate at up to 75% capacity outdoors.

For more information, please review the full Executive Order.

Under Phase 3 View details of North Carolina’s phased opening HERE. Stay ahead of the curve by reading up on opening requirements for local businesses HERE.

We have been and will continue to gather information by working with local, state, and national agencies and encourage our visitors to follow any guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local public health authorities.

All hotels are open and ready to welcome our travelers. Check out their enhanced hotel cleaning guidelines by various brands in response to COVID-19 HERE.

The U.S. Travel Association, Visit North Carolina, N.C. Restaurant & Lodging Association etc. has issued a statement offering “Make Fact-Based Decisions About Traveling.” Read more HERE.

Various businesses have completed the new COVID-19 training and are now a participating #CountOnMeNC location. As you see this logo around Nash County, please know that our partners have taken their already stringent disinfection safety measures the extra mile that you can count on!

Visit to learn more about enhanced safety measures we’ve implemented and to take the pledge yourself. Find locally registered Count on Me NC businesses HERE.

Earlier this Spring I found myself in a unique situation as a tourism marketer. Instead of encouraging people to come for a visit, I was telling them to stay home, stay safe. With one executive order, the pause button was pressed on travel. To say that Covid 19 has changed the tourism industry is an understatement. In fact, it has made us question every decision of where we want to travel, what we plan to do, and whom we plan to see from six feet apart READ MORE.