Updated July 30, 2021
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:
August 5, 2021. Masks are required to be worn by employees and visitors to all county facilities.
In July 2021, Orange County Government announced it will continue to follow the terms of Governor Roy Cooper's Executive Order 220 which was released on June 11, 2021 and an extension of Executive Order 215 (see below)
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.
New Mask Guidance from the CDC
(July 27, 2021) In a reversal of the previous guidance for fully vaccinated people the current CDC recommendations state: To prevent the further spread of the Delta variant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors in areas where the COVID-19 virus has substantial or high community transmission.
On Friday July 23, 2021 , Orange County Extended the State of Emergency indefinitely
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.
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)
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.
The Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Center is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 am - 4 pm. If you cannot visit in person, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone 919-245-4320 or 888-968-2060.
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
You may also want to 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.
Additional links and resources will be added to the page ongoing