A Message on Staffing Shortages
We’re glad you’re visiting us here in Johnston County, healthy and ready to create memories. As you enjoy our destination, please be alerted that we are experiencing a staff shortage across the region. In some instances, this results in long waits and slow service at restaurants. You may also experience inconveniences at hospitality businesses and shops. We thank you in advance for your patience, as we pride ourselves on our hospitality.
Be JoCo Strong!
Following the recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that fully vaccinated individuals can safely do most activities without wearing a mask or the need to social distance from others, the state will remove its indoor mask mandate for most settings. Additionally, the state will lift all mass gathering limits and social distancing requirements. These changes are now in effect as of May 14th at 1:30 PM. In accordance with the new CDC guidance, there will still be certain settings where masks and other safety measures will be required. Masks will still be required in child care, schools and camps as most children are either not yet vaccinated or are not yet eligible to be vaccinated.
Everyone, including people who are fully vaccinated will still be required to wear a mask in certain settings such as public transportation, health care settings like hospitals, doctor’s offices and long-term care settings like nursing homes, and certain congregate settings like correctional facilities and homeless shelters. NCDHHS will continue to have strong public health recommendations for individuals to continue to protect one another until more people are vaccinated. People who are not vaccinated should wear a mask and maintain distance in all indoor public settings and in outdoor settings when they can't maintain six feet of distance. Masks are strongly recommended for everyone at large crowded indoor events like sporting events and live performances.
Read the Executive Order. | Read a FAQ about the Order.
Count on Me NC in Joco!
- Almost all restaurants in JoCo are now open to patrons. Check-out the dining section of our website for all area restaurant listings!
- Curbside pick-up ordering via Uber Eats, Grubhub, and DoorDash, is still a popular option.
- Both essential and non-essential retail stores can 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. 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.
- Click here to view our Events Page where we are listing events, concerts, tours, and more being offered right now (both virtual and in-person).