COVID-19 Updates

Effective as of May 22 at 5pm, North Carolina moves into Phase 2 of easing restrictions. Restaurants, salons/personal care businesses, and pools are open at 50% capacity. Visit Lake Norman has been working diligently to create an updated attractions, events, and restaurants lists. More Resources


COVID-19 Updates

We understand you may have questions regarding COVID-19, therefore we recommend that visitors follow trusted sources like the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) FAQ page. and Centers for Disease Control's Situation Summary website.

Effective as of May 22

Safer at Home Phase 2


Effective as of May 1

A statewide stay-at-home order that went into effect on March 30 is due to expire on Friday, May 8, and Phase 1 of reopening will begin. According to details in the plan, North Carolinians have flattened the curve and slowed the rate of acceleration in COVID-19 cases enough to do so.

COVID Phase One Chart

Phase 1 of Reopening North Carolina

Phase 1 begins May 8.

Certain restrictions will remain in place to keep social distancing efforts a top priority for society. Changes in the order include:

• People can leave their homes for commercial activity.
• Commercial retailers and services will need to implement social distancing policies including cleaning and other protocols.
• Parks can open subject to gathering limits (Mecklenburg County reopened the parking lots at county parks on Thursday.)
• Gatherings will be limited to no more than 10 people.
• Face coverings will be recommended in public.
• Restrictions will remain in place for nursing homes and other congregate-living settings.
• Teleworking will remain highly recommended.

(At least two to three weeks after Phase 1 begins, state officials believe they can enact Phase 2.)

Phase 2 of Reopening North Carolina

Phase 2 could begin as soon as May 23.

The following changes are planned to be made in Phase 2:

• Lift the stay-at-home order with a strong encouragement for vulnerable populations to continue staying at home.
• It will allow the limited opening of restaurants, bars and other businesses. They will follow strict safety protocols such as reduced capacity and social distancing.
• Allowing gatherings at houses of worship and entertainment venues at reduced capacities.
• Allow an increase in number of people allowed at gatherings
• Open public playgrounds
• Continue restrictions on nursing homes and congregate-living settings

(The next phase is nearly a full reopening of the state, except for the nursing homes.)

Phase 3 of Reopening North Carolina

Phase 3 could begin as soon as June 20.

The final phase includes the following changes:

• Lessen restrictions for vulnerable populations with encouragement to continue practicing physical distancing.
• Allow increased capacity at restaurants, bars, other businesses, houses of worship and entertainment venues.
• Further increase the number of people allowed at gatherings.
• Continue restrictions on nursing homes and congregate-living settings

Effective as of April 29
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation is loosening some restrictions tomorrow as part of the County’s transition to North Carolina’s Stay at Home Proclamation.

Effective April 30, parking lots for parks, greenways, and nature preserves will reopen for vehicles, instead of simply walk-in and bicycle access. In addition, boat ramps at Ramsey Creek, Blythe Landing and Copperhead Island will reopen.

Tennis will be allowed in County parks that follow safety rules and restrictions provided by the United States Tennis Association (USTA). Tennis players and all park patrons should observe the CDC's recommended social distancing guideline of at least six feet between individuals, and when that is not possible, wear a face mask.

Golf is still allowed with restrictions of only one person per golf cart and social distancing. County driving ranges are still closed.

Park playgrounds, sports courts, restrooms, and fields for group sports will remain closed. High contact sports like basketball, soccer and volleyball as well as softball/baseball are not permitted.

Indoor facilities like recreation, nature, and aquatic centers will also remain closed to the public until further notice.

Visitors cannot congregate in groups larger than 10.

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Effective as of April 23, 2020
Governor Roy Cooper extends Stay At Home Order until May 8th and shared a three-phased approach, based on data, to lift restrictions.

Effective as of April 8, 2020
Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation: Park gates are closed to vehicles. Parks and greenways are available for walk-in and bicycle use only.

Effective as of March 30, 2020
Governor Roy Cooper issued a Stay at Home Order that will stay in place for 30 days or until it is repealed, replaced or rescinded by another executive order. The order directs residents to stay at home unless you need to leave for essentials such as a job, food, medicine, outdoor exercise or to help someone. For FAQ's, please click here

Effective as of March 26, 2020
Mecklenburg County has issued a "Stay at Home" Order and will remain in effect until April 16, 2020. The order will require county residents to remain in their homes in an attempt to reduce the number of new COVID-19 infections within the county. Exceptions will be allowed for those seeking medical treatment, buying food or exercising outdoors. Please click here for general FAQ of a "Stay at Home" Order.

Effective as of March 17, 2020
Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina restaurants and bars must close except for takeout and delivery orders. Visit Lake Norman has been working hard to provide local residents and visitors a list of restaurants offering takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery orders along with updated hours of operation. Several attractions in the area have closed temporarily to help fight the spread of Coronavirus, however Visit Lake Norman has also built a list of places in the area that are still open while following the mandate of prohibiting gatherings of 10 people or more.

General Tourism Efforts

To help soften the blow of COVID-19 on the local economy, we urge people to purchase gift cards from local restaurants and attractions. As so many restaurant staff rely heavily on tips, generous tips are encouraged as the restaurant industry begins to cope with the impact of the pandemic. The North Carolina Employment Security Division is publishing instructions and guidance to help you understand new changes to the state’s unemployment system, due to the overall current impacts of COVID-19 in the state. Now is the time to advocate for federal and state programs that will provide assistance to the tourism industry. Both the U.S. Travel Association and the NC Restaurant & Lodging Association can assist with getting your message to elected officials.

Hotels are encouraged to enroll for the Emergency Lodging Assistance (ELA) Program. The CLC Lodging (CLC) processes payments on behalf of FEMA to hotels housing eligible guests who are displaced by a disaster. Lodging providers may contact the ELA Lodging Support Center at 866-545-9865 for assistance with enrollment (Monday through Friday 8AM – 5PM CST). There is no cost to participate.

Rapid Recovery Loans

Golden Leaf Foundation and the NC Rural Center have introduced a new loan program called NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loans. This rapid recovery loan is designed to provide businesses with the capital they need before federal loans and insurance payouts are approved. If interested in filling out an application, please click here. Also for any questions, call 1-800-228-8443 for the BLNC team for any questions finding loans and the NC Business Relief Resources website..  

Helpful Links

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the webFacebookTwitterYouTube or Instagram
  • Sign up for weekly email updates about the CDC’s public health work
  • World Health Organization on the web
  • N.C. Division of Public Health (NCDPH) on the web or Twitter
  • Call the NCDPH Helpline toll free at 1-866-462-3821 with questions or concerns
  • Mecklenburg County (NC) Public Health (MCPH) department’s webpage for updates
  • Call the MCPH information line at 1-980-314-9400 with questions
  • Sign up for CharMeck Alerts, the region’s emergency and non-emergency alert system
  • The City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County on Twitter