Updated February 26, 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:
Orange County Government aligns with Governor Cooper's announcement of easing COVID-19 restrictions through March 26, 2021, 5:00 PM
On February 25, 2021, Governor Cooper's Executive Order lifts the Modified Stay at Home Order requiring people to stay at home and businesses to close to the public between 10 pm and 5 am. The number of people who may gather indoors will increase from 10 to 25, while 50 remains the limit for outdoors. The curfew on the sale of alcohol for onsite consumption will be moved from 9 pm to 11 pm. Some businesses, including bars and amusement parks, will now be open for patrons indoors with new occupancy restrictions. Many businesses, venues and arenas will have increased occupancy both indoors and outdoors.
Executive Order No. 195 has two general categories of occupancy restrictions: 30% capacity and 50% capacity. Because indoor spaces have a higher risk of spread for COVID-19, indoor facilities in the 30%-occupancy category may not exceed two hundred fifty (250) people per indoor room or indoor space.
30% Capacity Limit (may not exceed 250-persons in indoor spaces)
• Meeting, Reception, and Conference Spaces
• Lounges (including tobacco) and Night Clubs
• Indoor areas of Amusement Parks
• Movie Theatres
• Entertainment facilities (e.g., bingo parlors, gaming establishments)
• Sports Arenas and Fields
Indoor event venues with more than 5,000 seats are exempt from the 250-person limit if they follow additional safety measures. They can open at 15% capacity.
50% Capacity Limit
• Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries
• Fitness and Physical Activity Facilities (e.g., gyms, bowling alleys, rock climbing facilities)
• Museums and Aquariums
• Outdoor areas of Amusement Parks
• Salons, Personal Care, Tattoo Parlors
Safety protocols such as masks, social distancing and frequent handwashing will continue to be important as people adjust to the new order, health officials said.
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 March 31, 2021.
On December 16, Orange County Extended State of Emergency to March 31, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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 email@example.com 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
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.
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