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
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 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 orangecountync.gov/Coronavirus 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.
The Town of Chapel Hill is looking for residents who would like to share and exchange information between the Town and residents in their neighborhoods and homeowners associations. Registered participants will receive emails from the Town to share with their neighbors. townofchapelhill.org/residents/neighborhood-liaison-form
A state of emergency is a procedure that allows emergency processes and funding to be put in place to allow immediate response to emergency situations.
A state of emergency can be declared before or after an emergency takes place in an area. It can be declared at all levels of government (federal, state, and local).
North Carolina State Law , Chapter 166A, Article 1A, Part 4 empowers local governments to enact ordinances to declare states of emergency and restrict certain activities during the emergency in order to address public safety concerns arising due to the emergency. The Town Code of Ordinances, Chapter 11, Article V, delegates authority to declare a state of emergency to the Mayor.
Often, a local governing body declares a state of emergency ahead of major events that can be anticipated (ex. winter weather and tropical storms) so the resources can be available as early as possible. Sometimes it is necessary to declare a state of emergency due to an unanticipated event such as a large fire, major water main break, or major accident. This declaration is the initial step in accessing state and federal support, should it become necessary.
Do you live in a floodplain?
If you live in a floodplain or an area that floods, purchase flood insurance! Homeowners insurance policies do not cover flood damage. There is a 30-day waiting period from the time an insurance policy is purchased to when it actually goes into effect. Renters can purchase affordable flood insurance for personal contents only. For more information and cost, contact your insurance agent or go to floodsmart.gov.