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Town of Chapel Hill Joins Orange County Stay At Home Order

Post Date:03/26/2020 10:20 AM
  Mayor Pam Hemminger’s Message to the Community is available at 

In an effort to significantly reduce the spread of the coronavirus, the Town of Chapel Hill, along with the towns of Carrboro and Hillsborough, have joined Orange County’s Stay at Home Declaration. The Declaration will be in effect beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, March 27, until 5 p.m. Thursday, April 30.

“This order is an unprecedented but necessary step for our community as we all work together to stop the further spread of this dangerous virus,” said Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger. “Our residents always rise to the occasion during challenging times, and we are confident they will again as we face this global health crisis.”


Under the Town’s order, all residents of the Town of Chapel Hill are to remain at home unless you are:

  • Going to the doctor or vet (call first to see if you need to be seen or it can wait)
  • Grocery shopping for yourself or others (limit to one trip per week or less if possible)
  • Going to the pharmacy
  • Exercising outdoors (like walking, running, or bicycling, or using greenways, and trails; stay at least 6 feet away from the next person)
  • Picking up takeout food or using the drive-thru (you can also order delivery)
  • Caring for a friend or family member
  • Obtaining necessary supplies or services
  • Performing permitted business functions


While the stay at home order is in place:

  • DO NOT go to work unless you are providing essential services
    • Essential services are outlined in Section E Subsection 2 of the order
  • DO NOT visit friends and family unless it is urgent
  • DO NOT gather in groups in public places
  • DO NOT visit people in the hospital, nursing home, or other care facilities
  • DO NOT travel, unless essential


The complete text of the County’s Order and the Town’s Order adopting it are available at

While the Chapel Hill Police Department DOES have the authority to enforce this order, we will be most successful through education, dialogue, and voluntary cooperation from all residents and businesses.  Any enforcement action will only be taken after consultation with Police Command staff members.  No one will be arrested or cited under the order unless there are continuous and egregious violations.  Violations that are observed during weekdays may be reported by calling the Police Department at 919-968 2760, from 8:30-5 p.m..  After hours, residents may call 911 for emergencies or to report continuous and egregious violations.



  • For a list of frequently asked questions, please visit
  • For questions about Town services, the Town’s Call Center is taking calls at 919-969-5005 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • For health-related questions and questions about Orange County services (including recycling), visit the Orange County website at or call the Orange County Call Center at 919-245-6111, 8:30 a.m. to 5 pm daily.
    • Sign up for text updates from the Orange County Health Department by texting ocnchealth to 888-777.
  • For other health-related questions, call the NC Department of Health and Human Services (24/7) at 1-866-462-3821.



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