Safer-at-Home Order FAQs

The City and County appreciate your effort to comply with this Order. With everyone’s cooperation, we hope to control the virus quickly so that life can soon return to normal.

Current Status

As of Thursday, July 9 at 5 p.m., the 9th Amendment to Durham’s Safer-at-Home Order is in effect until rescinded. While mostly adopting Governor Roy Cooper’s statewide Executive Order 147, there are some more stringent requirements for Durham residents and visitors.

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Statewide Alcohol Sales curfew

As of Friday, July 31, 2020, a statewide curfew on the sale of alcohol goes into effect at restaurants, breweries, distilleries (on-site consumption), and catering events (off-site consumption) requiring these businesses to stop selling alcoholic drinks after 11 p.m. Bars will remain closed. This does not apply to grocery or retail stores that sell alcohol. Learn more on the State's website.

Understanding Durham’s Safer-at-Home Order

As of July 9, 2020, Durham’s Safer-at-Home Order no longer differs from North Carolina’s Phase Two Extension with the following exceptions:

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Understanding North Carolina Phase Two: Safer at Home

Visit the State’s website for additional information on Phase Two, including FAQs and guidelines for common activities and businesses. Visit

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Complete the Business Safety Checklist

Complete the checklist in English or Spanish to get a customized poster to display the steps you are taking to keep employees and customers safe. Visit

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How is the Order being enforced?

The Durham Police Department (DPD) and Durham County Sheriff’s Office are enforcing the Order through education, dialogue, and seeking voluntary cooperation from all residents and businesses inside the city and county limits. If voluntary cooperation is not achieved, DPD and the Sheriff’s Office are equipped to enforce these restrictions through criminal charges. Any person violating any prohibition or restriction imposed by this Order shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor in accordance with G.S. 14-288.20A.

To report Stay-at-Home Order violations for investigation, call the Durham Emergency Communications Center non-emergency phone number at 919-560-4600.

Do NOT call the non-emergency phone number for general inquiries or questions about the Order. If your question is not answered on this FAQ webpage, contact Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200 for assistance Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What does it mean for businesses to “self-certify"? 

Self-certifying means businesses are voluntarily agreeing to follow a set of best practices based on guidance by public health experts for reducing the spread of COVID-19. Businesses will have the opportunity to demonstrate they have self-certified by publicly and prominently displaying at their place of business a checklist of safety guidelines that the COVID-19 Recovery and Renewal Task Force has developed in collaboration with local experts. The checklist will include both a common set of best practices we expect of all gathering places as well as optional industry-specific practices. 

How do I complete self-certification for my business?

Visit to complete the self-certification checklist in English or Spanish.The process will entail downloading and printing a self-certification checklist for your industry and posting it prominently in a place in your businesses where all customers will see it upon entering. The checklist will serve as a reminder to our businesses of the practices they are committing to follow. Prominently displaying it will encourage accountability to business patrons who will know what they should expect upon entering the establishment.