This information is guidance and may be updated for clarity or accuracy. You can read the Orange County Order here and the North Carolina Executive Order on Phase 2 here. An FAQ is also available for the Governor's Phase 2 order.
Requiring restaurant, personal care, grooming, tattoo and retail employees and staff to wear a face covering while on duty. This requirement does not apply to people whose religious beliefs prevent them from wearing a face covering, people who cannot wear a face covering due to a medical or behavioral condition, and people who are under twelve years of age.
Recommending that all businesses require customers to wear a face covering while inside the business.
Tables at restaurants are limited to no more than six people (the state order allows up to 10). However, more than six people may sit together at the same table if they are members of the same household.
Clarifying that meetings of public bodies (such as elected or appointed boards, commissions or councils) are limited to no more than 10 people indoors. Worship services, spiritual gatherings, weddings, and funerals are exempt from this restriction
How will the Order be enforced?
We will enforce the order first with education, conversation, and asking for voluntary cooperation from all residents and businesses. If a police officer or other Town employee finds a violation, we will provide educational information and ask them to comply. If the individual(s) does not comply voluntarily, the Chapel Hill Police Department may enforce the restrictions.
How do I report a violation of the Order?
Monday-Friday, from 8:30-5:00, call the Police Department: 919-968-2760.
Call 911 at all other times.
How are Town Transit Services effected in Phase 2?
Chapel Hill Transit will begin running reduced weekday routes and schedules Monday through Friday until 8 p.m., starting June 1. This decision was made in conjunction with the Orange County Health Department, Town of Chapel Hill Emergency Management, UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC Health.
Our goal is to provide safe service for both our customers and our operators.
Three trips from Hillsborough to Chapel Hill
6 a.m., 7:30 a.m. and 4:25 p.m.
Three trips from Chapel Hill to Hillsborough
6:50 a.m., 3:40 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.
EZ Rider will offer service from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.
None of these routes will operate after 8 p.m. until further notice. This reduction of service helps our operators provide reliable service while allowing our maintenance team to keep vehicles cleaned and sanitized.
Chapel Hill Transit continues to encourage all customers to practice physical distancing by maintaining 6 feet of distance from one another; wear masks or other face coverings while riding transit; only ride when necessary; enter and exit through the rear door; and do not ride if you are sick or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (symptoms: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms).
Chapel Hill Transit is committed to safety. We have hired additional staff to support cleaning of vehicles and equipment and have increased our cleaning regimen so that our buses are cleaned and disinfected daily. We are adding equipment on our vehicles to help protect our operators, and we are identifying seats and placing signage on vehicles to help our customers keep distance from one another.
During this time, please take advantage of less crowded bus and practice physical distancing, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance between other passengers and the operator. If you are able, arrive at your bus stop earlier to allow yourself options if the bus you are attempting to catch is at capacity.
We are also excited to move forward with service improvements this August, including introducing new Saturday and Sunday routes and creating more reliable schedules for many of our routes - we will continue to share more as details become more clear and public health guidance is updated.
What Parks amenities are open in Phase 2?
Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation changes in effect on Thursday, May 28:
Parks and some park amenities are open for drop-in** play with limited hours
We have posted recommended safe play guidelines* for these sites
We urge users to bring hand sanitizer and other supplies to disinfect surfaces before use
Park monitors will be on site to share information
OPEN Outdoor Parks Facilities (open dawn to dusk)
Parks, trails, greenways and dog parks with posted safe play guidelines*
Restrooms at parks
Hours limited to 12 noon - 8 p.m.
Sanitized and restocked daily
Individual picnic table and bench use with appropriate physical distancing
When possible, disinfect picnic tables/benches before each use
Advanced reservations of Picnic Shelters suspended until further notice
OPEN Park Amenities (drop-in play only, closed at 8 p.m)
Tennis and pickleball courts - singles play only with safe play guidelines*
Skate park - drop-in play with safe play guidelines*
Disc golf course (touch only your equipment)
Outdoor inline hockey rink with safe play guidelines*
CLOSED Outdoor Park Amenities
Outdoor volleyball courts
Bocce ball courts
A.D. Clark Outdoor Pool
Operations REMAINING the same
All indoor recreation and aquatic facilities will remain closed.
All Parks and Recreation programs and events have been cancelled until further notice.
Our administrative staff are available by email or (919) 968-2784 between 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday.
The safety of park users and our staff is our top priority. While you seek to enjoy the outdoors, it is important that you are conscious of your personal space and respect the space of others. We have posted “physical distancing” signs at our parks to remind residents to keep a safe 6 feet distance from others. Park monitors are also available at our busier parks in order to share information and remind users of the need for physical distancing.
We’re asking people to monitor themselves and their children, be responsible and use common sense in the following ways:
Use physical distancing and always keep at least six feet between yourself and others as you enjoy the outdoors.
Give other park and trail users a friendly warning of your presence as you pass to allow proper distance.
Be respectful and step off trails or sidewalks to allow others to pass when there's not enough room to keep your 6 feet distance.
Large groups of 25 or more are discouraged from gathering or walking together.
If you’re out walking your dog, keep dogs be on a leash at all times. Maintain six feet distance from other dogs and persons.
Carry water, hand sanitizer, face masks, and disinfecting wipes to further protect yourself.
Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.
If you use a picnic table or bench, disinfect before you sit or touch.
Strongly consider using face coverings while in public
Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
Continue to practice good hygiene.
Avoid touching your face.
People who feel sick should stay home.
While visiting the Dog Park
Make efforts to visit during off-peak hours, when there is less likely to be a large crowd of people.
Avoid dog parks or public places where gatherings of 25 or more occur or has occurred.
Discourage interacting with or petting other pets from outside your household.
Keep at least a 6 foot distance from others
Sanitize hands before, during, and after using the park
Be extra cautious of coming into contact with surfaces (gates, tables, waste bag kiosks, water faucet).
(*USTA and USAPA Safe Play, Avoid Sharing Equipment, Disinfect Surfaces Guidelines, posted at applicable locations)
(** Drop-In = open for random play, facility rentals or registered programs have been suspended)