Updated May 15, 2021


Helpful Resources

As the official destination organization for Chapel Hill and Orange County, NC., we have the well-being of all visitors and residents of Orange County as our highest priority. 

History of COVID-19 for North Carolina and Orange County:

On March 10 Gov. Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency for North Carolina due to COVID-19. He stated that day "the main purpose of declaring a State of Emergency is increased flexibility to respond and prevent as well as to allocate funds where needed." On March 13 Orange County Government declared a state of emergency. Click that link and scroll to News & Events section for information on Orange County's working policy during this time.


Most recent UPDATEs:

Orange County Government aligns with Governor Cooper's May 14th announcement lifting face covering and other restrictions,

According to the CDC, if you’ve been fully vaccinated:

You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart. You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people of any age from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks or staying 6 feet apart, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.You can gather or conduct activities outdoors without wearing a mask except in certain crowded settings and venues.

As of May 14, 2021 at 1:30 p.m Executive Order No. 215 states that:
Face covering requirements are lifted in most settings. (See details in 'related links' below addressing where these requirements are still applicable.)
Nothing prevents people from continuing to wear face coverings, which are recommended for unvaccinated people and for all people in large venues. Employers, business owners, and local governments may require face coverings and social distancing. 

Related Links: Executive Order No. 215 | FAQ's for Executive Order No. 215


On December 21, Governor Cooper signed an Executive Order authorizing the North Carolina ABC Commission to permit the delivery or carry-out of mixed beverages as an alternative to on-site consumption.  The Order is effective December 21, 2020 at 5 p.m. and extended through June 1, 2021.  

On March 18, 2021 , Orange County Extended State of Emergency to June 30, 2021

The Orange County Health Department has provided a comprehensive resource page concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19) which is updated ongoing as needed. This page includes updates from local, state, national and international organizations. Coronarivus (COVID-19)

Orange County, NC
. Many community organizations are organizing events or fundraisers to benefit the community. Please check this list for opportunities.

Resource information from the Centers for Disease Control.

Click the link for the latest information from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Coronavirus updates UNC-Chapel Hill.

Please visit The Town of Chapel Hill , the Town of Hillsborough and the Town of Carrboro for the latest from Town officials and staff.


Community Support

A collaboration of economic and community development partners have worked together to create this local Guide for Safely Reopening and Operating Your Business (www.ReopeningHelp.com) 

The AC Hotel Chapel Hill is offering day use rooms to locals for 50% off. Please contact Monnoca Badonnih for more information 919-590-4955 or monnoca.bodannih@marriott.com 

Orange County's Emergency Small Business Funding Program - COVID-19

Feeding the Soul is partnering with local restaurants to provide meals to thank and comfort healthcare heroes as is Feed the Fight, a community fundraiser providing fresh meals from local restaurants to UNC healthcare workers fighting COVID-19.

Worlds Biggest Tip Jar, started by The Wooden Nickel and the Hillsborough and Orange County Chamber of Commerce, is helping raise money for service workers who have lost their jobs and income due to the Coronavirus pandemic.


Visitors Information

The Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Center is currently closed.  However, staff is available to Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 5: pm to answer questions, fulfill informational material requests and provide current business openings via email at info@visitchapelhill.org and by phone 919-245-4320 or 888-968-2060. 

Count On Me NC Name Badge - Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau

Many Orange County businesses and organizations (including the Visitors Bureau) are doing all they can to keep customers safe by participating in the COUNT ON ME NC program. Find participating businesses here

The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership has business updates here.

Updates on happenings in Hillsborough can be found here

Updates on happenings in Carrboro can be found here

Chapelboro, Chapel Hill's local community radio station is maintaining a list of cancellations. You may visit our events page as well as we try to update fast changing events here. But since cancellations are constantly changing, we encourage you to call or visit social media sites for the ongoing changes.

Most hotels in Orange County are open. Be assured that the safety and well being of guests is their top priority. You can find a COVID-19 update stating how they are ensuring the safety of guests linked within their respective websites.

Find local restaurants, food hubs and farms that are offering pickup, takeout and delivery here  | Map of farms offering on-farm pickup and more 

Most UNC Campus attractions are temporarily closed (with the exception of the North Carolina Botanical Garden) and events cancelled - follow updates here. Read up on UNC - Chapel Hill's plan, Carolina Together, for Fall 2020 


Additional links and resources will be added to the page ongoing





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