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The Governor of North Carolina announced today (12/6/21) that the state will remain in a modified Stay at Home order; the order requires people to stay at home between 10 PM and 5 AM. The order began Friday, December 11th, and will remain in place through January 29th, 2021 (Executive Order No. 188). Within the parameters of this order, most of our tourism businesses are allowed to open to visitors and community members with restrictions in place and recommendations on operating. What that means for you is that our food & beverage establishments are seating customers, our retail shops are open, and many of our museums, attractions, and services are welcoming guests with caveats on operating hours.

Stay at Home Order Highlights:

  • Statewide stay at home order from 10 PM - 5 AM with an exception for essential workers and those picking up food or essentials at restaurants and/or certain retail stores

  • Beyond 10 PM, restaurant dining rooms must be closed, but the businesses may remain open for takeout, curbside, and delivery

  • Beyond 10 PM, retail businesses selling groceries, medication, fuel, or health care supplies may remain open

  • 9 PM alcohol sales curfew for on-site consumption

  • No change in capacity limits


Dining in Joco!

Spinach artichoke dip and bread served as an appetizer at Mannings Restaurant in Clayton, NC.

To help you navigate some of the guidelines, here's what you need to know about dining in our restaurants.

  • In Phase III, restaurants are allowed to offer dine-in services but at a maximum of 50% capacity. Almost all restaurants in JoCo are now open to patrons. Check-out the dining section of our website for all area restaurant listings!
  • Bars may operate outdoors at 30% of outdoor capacity, or 100 guests, whichever is less. 
  • Face masks must be worn while entering the establishment while walking to your seat, and when leaving, but once you are seated at your table you may remove your mask to enjoy your meal.
  • Since July 31st, a new executive order forbids establishments from selling alcohol after 11 PM; the order applies to restaurants, breweries, distilleries, and other businesses that sell alcoholic drinks for onsite consumption. The order is in effect through November 13th. 
  • Curbside pick-up ordering via Uber Eats, Grubhub, and DoorDash, is still a popular option.
  • The restaurants below have completed the Count on Me NC certificate program.


Local Farms Selling Items

Leafy Greens for sale in wooden crates boxes with calkboard price signs

Each farm is subject to different ordering and delivery methods and some are making the decision day to day to remain open to the public as regulations allows. Please check the listed farm's social channel or website, or even call ahead for operating hours as well as instructions on how to order and pick-up. The Clayton Farm and Community Market is now re-opened with many of our local farms selling fresh produce and products. They are practicing social distancing and some restrictions to keep customers safe.

Essential Shopping & Retail Re-openings

The exterior of DeWayne's in Selma, NC.

Both essential and non-essential retail stores can now operate in a limited capacity. This means that many retailers in Johnston County like the Carolina Premium Outlets and the Carolina Pottery are serving customers in their stores again. Please visit the Shopping section of our website for a full list of retailers in JoCo and be sure to call ahead to inquire regarding altered hours. 

Attractions, Virtual Events, Classes, and More

Tobacco Farm Life Museum well and tobacco barn, Kenly NC.

Stay up-to-date about the status of attraction re-openings as they occur and major event rescheduling news in JoCo by checking below. Also, click here to view our Events Page where we are listing virtual events, concerts, classes, tours, and more being offered right now.

Latest information on attractions and festivals in the county.

Ava Gardner Museum - Re-opened
Benson Mule Days - Rescheduled for September 23-26, 2021
Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site - Hiking trails open in daylight and outdoor activities offered, indoor facilities closed
Classic Antique Power Heritage Festival - Rescheduled to October, date TBD
Clayton Community Center - Closed for now
Four Oaks Acorn Festival - Canceled
GALOT Motorsports Park - All public events canceled/postponed
Ham & Yam Festival - Rescheduled for May 1, 2021
Howell Theatre - Re-opened
Johnston County Heritage Center - Re-opened
Ready, Set, Escape - Open with restrictions
Smithfield Cinemas - Re-opened
The Shindig - Rescheduled for 2021
Tobacco Farm Life Museum - Re-opened

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