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Masks will become optional in state agencies March 7

March 2. Based on improving trends with COVID-19, masks will become optional in most state agencies and facilities beginning March 7.

“COVID-19 levels are declining rapidly, and we have vaccinations, boosters, and effective treatments that are making this step possible,” Gov. Roy Cooper said.

The virus is still causing serious illness—and death—in unvaccinated people.

Requirements remain in place that employees who are not vaccinated must be tested for COVID-19 at least once a week. Beginning March 7, employees may use at-home rapid antigen tests to meet the testing requirements in addition to PCR tests. To read the governor’s Executive Order, click here.