North Carolina Phase 3 and Community Associations

North Carolina Phase 3
On September 30, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina will move into the third phase with regards to easing the COVID-19 restrictions. Many of the restrictions did not change what was in phase 2.5, while other portions were indeed changed. Below are some of the highlights of Executive Order No. 169 and how it may impact your Community Association.

Restrictions on Gatherings

Phase 3 of the Executive Order did not change the maximum gathering numbers. In this phase, restrictions on the maximum gathering remain at 25 people indoors and 50 outdoors “at the same time in a single confined indoor or outdoor space.” When a Board of Directors is planning their upcoming membership meetings, this portion of the executive order should be reviewed.

Virtual Meetings

Many of our Community Associations are proceeding with virtual Annual Meetings based on the above restrictions. Executive Order # 136 allowed for nonprofit membership meetings to be held virtually under certain instances. Although the original order expired on June 23, 2020, it has been extended various times and currently it is in place until October 30, 2020 Executive Order # 161 extended Executive order #136 through October 30, 2020. To learn more regarding tips on virtual meetings, we encourage you to read our blog post, A New Kind of Annual Meeting.

Pool Facilities

Outdoor pool facilities- Although we are approaching the end of the standard “pool season,” Executive Order #169 continues to allow pools to operate as long as the following is implemented:
• Limit user capacity in the pool to no more than 50% of maximum occupancy as determined by fire code (or, when the fire code number is not known, 33 people per 1000 square feet in deck areas, wading pools and splash pads) and a maximum occupancy in the water of 10 people per 1000 square feet (the Emergency Maximum Occupancy for the facility)
• Follow “Core Signage, Screening, and Sanitation Requirements” in the Order

Gyms and Playgrounds

Gyms and playgrounds may continue to be open but must limit guests in indoor areas to 30 percent of the fire capacity and limit the number of guests in any room of the facility that everyone can remain six feet apart. Gyms should also require members to wear face masks except when strenuously exercising, space equipment out six feet apart, disinfect equipment between users in accordance with the order, and follow all core signage, screening, and sanitation requirements.

Phase three restrictions will remain in place through at least 5:00 pm on October 23, 2020. The full executive order can be found at

If you have questions about any of the current Executive Orders and how to impacts your community, encourage you to reach out to a Priestley Management staff member.