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  • Summary date: Mar 25 2021 - View Summary

    Authorizes meeting spaces, meeting or reception venues, and entertainment facilities, for receptions or parties, to open and resume operations notwithstanding a state of emergency declared by the Governor or a city or county related to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

    Establishments allowed to open and resume operation are subject to the following requirements: (1) the establishment was in existence and lawfully operating on March 10, 2020; (2) capacity is limited to 50% of authorized fire capacity, 12 people per 1,000 square feet, or 300 people, whichever is less; (3) employees must have daily temperature checks; employees with fevers of 100.4 degrees or higher are prohibited from entering the establishment; (4) all guests must have temperature checks; guests with fevers of 100.4 or higher are prohibited from entering the establishment; (5) employees must wear face masks and gloves; guests are encouraged to wear face masks; (6) food self-service or buffet options prohibited; (7) hand sanitizer must be available throughout the establishment; (8) the establishment must maintain and enforce social distancing recommended by the CDC and NC Department of Health and Human Services; (9) the establishment must comply with all NC Division of Public Health rules applicable to restaurants; (10) employees conduct frequent cleaning at specified intervals; (11) signage must be posted to remind guests and employees of social distancing and sanitizing requirements; and (12) the establishment must collect and retain guest contact information for 15 days after the event.

    Effective when the act becomes law and expires when any applicable state of emergency affecting establishment operations expires or are otherwise terminated to permit venues for receptions and parties to open for full unrestricted use.