Updated November 11, 2020


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 announcement that the state will stay in Phase 3 through December 4th. Indoor mass gathering limits have been lowered to 10 people because community spread from social gatherings increased through the month of October.  

  • Large outdoor venues with seating greater than 10,000 may operate with 7% occupancy for spectators.
  • Smaller outdoor entertainment venues, like arenas or amphitheaters, may operate outdoors at 30% of outdoor capacity, or 100 guests, whichever is less.
  • Movie theaters and conference centers may open indoor spaces to 30% of capacity, or 100 guests, whichever is less.
  • Bars may operate outdoors at 30% of outdoor capacity, or 100 guests, whichever is less.
  • Amusement parks may open at 30% occupancy, outdoor attractions only.
  • The limits on mass gatherings is reduced to 10 people indoors and remains at 50 people outdoors.
  • The 11 pm curfew on alcohol sales for in-person consumption in locations such as restaurants and outdoor bars will be extended to Dec 4th 

FAQ's on E.O. 176 can be found here


On Oct 2, Orange County Extended State of Emergency to December 31, 2020

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 

PASS it On ... StimulUS is a grassroots movement to encourage citizens to spend locally in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, Pittsboro and throughout Orange and Chatham Counties and beyond. Share #LocalStimulUS

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.

nccovidsupport.org is an easy-to-use map with information on how to access resources during this COVID crisis. The site is designed to help providers easily share - and help neighbors easily find- the latest on food, pharmacies, and other resources. The site is a project of Code for Chapel Hill

How to support Orange County Businesses

How to Support Orange County Businesses from Home (download pdf)


Visitors Information

The Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Center is currently open.  Hours are Monday thru Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Staff is also 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. 

Many Orange County businesses 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