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The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings, commonly referred to as masks, in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations.Face Covering Illustration

  • Cloth face coverings may slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
  • Cloth face coverings can be made from household items.
  • COVID-19 can be spread by people who do not have symptoms and do not know that they are infected.   That’s why it’s important for everyone to practice social distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from other people) and wear cloth face coverings in public settings. Cloth face coverings provide an extra layer to help prevent the respiratory droplets from traveling in the air and onto other people.
  • Orange County Emergency Services and the towns are distributing face-coverings to those who cannot afford one. Please visit this page on the website for updated distributions.
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Face Coverings Flyer for Businesses

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Face Coverings Flyer


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Read the press release:  Orange County Extends Emergency Declaration, Mandates Face Coverings (Español, Chinese)
Read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): English, Español)
Read the June 10th Amendment to the Declaration of State of Emergency in Orange County: English

If you feel a business is failing to adhere to the policy, please fill out this form so that an Environmental Health Specialist can work with the business to comply with the requirement:

www.orangecountync.gov/RegisterComplaint

Face Covering Requirement in Orange County

Any person age 11 or older must wear a face covering at all times while in public settings.

Orange County has mandated the use of face coverings for most:

  • Customers, employees and other users of restaurants, grocery and retail stores while they are indoors. 
  • Occupants of public transportation vehicles. 
  • People in any other indoor or any outdoor situation where they cannot maintain a 6-foot physical distance from others.

A face covering is not required:

  • For those who can’t wear a face covering due to a medical or behavioral condition. 
  • For children under 11 years old. 
  • For restaurant customers while they are dining. 
  • In private offices. 
  • When complying with directions of law enforcement officers. 
  • In settings where it is not practical or feasible to wear a face covering when obtaining or rendering goods or services.
  • While with family or household members.

What is a face covering?

A face covering includes anything that covers your nose and mouth, such as a mask, scarf or bandana. Make sure your cloth face covering: 

  • Fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face 
  • Completely covers the nose and mouth

Do I need to practice social distancing if I wear a cloth face covering?

Yes. Wearing a face covering does not take the place of other public health precautions like maintaining six feet of physical distance between yourself and others, washing your hands (or using hand sanitizer), and avoiding touching your face.

Face Covering Requirements for Businesses

It is an Orange County Order  that the staff of all establishments must wear face coverings properly, which means over both mouth and nose. It is a further order that community members should wear face coverings while out in public in most circumstances.

How will this be enforced?

The mandate’s goal is to protect the public health by increasing the use of masks. The declaration will be supported through education and public awareness. Individuals who do not feel comfortable in any setting should leave that setting. If you feel a business is failing to adhere to the policy, please fill out this form so that an Environmental Health Specialist can work with the business to comply with the requirement:
www.orangecountync.gov/RegisterComplaint

We will continue to document the public’s requests for service. A history of noncompliance will be the basis for legal action against an establishment as either a misdemeanor offense or seek injunctive relief under public health law in NC. Establishments may employee people who are exempt from face covering for a reason listed in the Executive or local Order.  As a reminder, chairs and tables really need to be placed properly where diners can be safe around other diners.  Post the required signs and try to have ha sanitizer available at the entrance.

Questions? Contact an Environmental Health Specialist: 919-245-2360

Why I Wear a Face Covering                                    

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Want to share your reason for wearing a face covering? 

Send a photo of you in your mask, along with your reason for wearing (or not wearing) a face covering, to: asalas@orangecountync.gov.

Free Masks/Face Coverings Available for Pickup

Location:Days/Times:Address:Sponsoring Agency:
Orange Grove Fire Department

Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 23-July 2
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

6800 Orange Grove Road
Hillsborough

Orange County Emergency Services
Cedar Grove Fire Department Station 2

Thursdays, June 25 & July 2
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

720 Hawkins Road
Cedar Grove

Orange County Emergency Services
White Cross Fire Department

Monday-Friday
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

5722 Old Greensboro Road
Chapel Hill

Orange County Emergency Services
Chapel Hill Fire Station 1**

Wednesday & Saturday
2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

403 Martin Luther King Blvd
Chapel Hill

Town of Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill Fire Station 3**

Wednesday & Saturday
2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

1615 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill

Town of Chapel Hill
Carrboro Police Department

Monday & Friday
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

100 N. Greensboro Street
Carrboro

Town of Carrboro
Carrboro Fire Department Fire Station 1

Wednesday & Saturday
2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

301 W. Main Street
Carrboro

Town of Carrboro
Carrboro Fire Department Fire Station 2

Wednesday & Saturday
2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

1411 Homestead Road
Carrboro

Town of Carrboro

**Limit 4 masks per household at Town of Chapel Hill Locations

Mask/Face Covering Donations Accepted

Location:Days/Times:Address:Sponsoring Agency:Notes:
Chapel Hill Fire Station 1Wednesdays & Saturdays
2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
403 Martin Luther King Blvd
Chapel Hill
Town of Chapel HillLabeled container for donations
Chapel Hill Fire Station 3
Wednesdays & Saturdays
2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
1615 E. Franklin Street
Chapel Hill
Town of Chapel Hill
Labeled container for donations
Hargraves Community CenterMonday-Friday
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
216 N. Roberson Street
Chapel Hill
Town of Chapel HillLabeled container for donations
Carrboro Police DepartmentNo specific day/time100 N. Greensboro Street
Carrboro
Town of CarrboroBin located outside

How can I make a Face Covering?

Sewn Cloth Face Covering instructions

Instructions from the CDC on how to make a sewn face covering are available here.

Non-sewn Face Covering

Materials:

  • Bandana, old-t-shirt, or square cotton cloth (cut approximately 20” x 20”)
  • Rubber bands (or hair ties)
  • Scissors (if you are cutting your own cloth)

No Sew Mask How To

Make sure your cloth face covering:

  • Fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Completely covers the nose and mouth
  • Is secured with ties or ear loops
  • Includes multiple layers of fabric
  • Allows for breathing without restriction
  • Can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

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Learn how to make an EASY no-sew t-shirt face mask. All you need is a t-shirt, scissors, something to write with and paper to DIY your own functional face mask. Please note, these are not medical grade face coverings.

CDC Jerome Adams Video

https://youtu.be/tPx1yqvJgf4

Surgeon General,  Dr. Jerome Adams, shares ways to create your own face covering in a few easy steps.

Face Covering from Tshirt

https://youtu.be/4KAtiAZARag

5 different ways to make a no sew mask out of a shirt as well as instructions for making one from a sock and a sewn mask.

Indoors vs Outdoors

https://youtu.be/n6QwnzbRUyA

This short video explains the risks of our normal activities and the benefits of masks and distance.

How to Use a Face Covering

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