Face Coverings

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According to the CDC, if you’ve been fully vaccinated you can participate in many of the activities that you did before the pandemic. Their guidance includes:

  • To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission. Orange County currently has moderate transmission
  • Wearing a mask is most important if you have a weakened immune system or if, because of your age or an underlying medical condition, you are at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated. If this applies to you or your household, you might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission in your area.
  • If you are unvaccinated it is important to wear a mask in public to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Getting a free, safe and effective vaccine is easy. Learn more. 

As of May 14, 2021 at 1:30 p.m Executive Order No. 215 states that:

  • Face covering requirements are lifted in most settings. (See details below addressing where these requirements are still applicable.)
  • Nothing prevents people from continuing to wear face coverings, which are recommended for unvaccinated people and for all people in large venues.  Employers, business owners, and local governments may require face coverings and social distancing.
  • Because children are still unvaccinated and can easily spread COVID-19, face coverings are still required in child care, children’s day camps, and children’s overnight camps.  Nothing in today’s Executive Order changes the StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit requirement for face coverings in schools.
  • The CDC has advised that face coverings should continue to be required in several health care settings, in transportation settings like airports and bus stations, in correctional and detention facilities, and at homeless service providers.  This Order continues those face covering requirements.

Read the FAQ for Executive Order No. 215.
Executive Order 215.
CDC Guidance



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If you feel a business is failing to adhere to the COVID-19 policies, 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

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

How to Use a Face Covering

Face Covering Requirements for Businesses

As of May 14, 2021, face covering requirements are lifted in most settings. (See details below addressing where these requirements are still applicable.)

Capacity restrictions are lifted in all settings. Social distancing requirements have been lifted in all settings.  (For example, there is no longer a requirement that tables in restaurants be spaced out.)

Nothing prevents people from continuing to wear face coverings, which are recommended for unvaccinated people and for all people in large venues.  Employers, business owners, and local governments may require face coverings and social distancing.

Because children are still unvaccinated and can easily spread COVID-19, face coverings are still required in child care, children’s day camps, and children’s overnight camps.  Nothing in today’s Executive Order changes the StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit requirement for face coverings in schools.

The CDC has advised that face coverings should continue to be required in several health care settings, in transportation settings like airports and bus stations, in correctional and detention facilities, and at homeless service providers.  This Order continues those face covering requirements.

Face covering Requirements Subject to NCDHHS Guidance  

•    Schools

•    Child care facilities

•    Children’s day or overnight camps

•    Certain health care settings like long term care centers

•    Public or private transportation regulated by the State of North Carolina and North Carolina airports, bus and train stations or stops

•    Prisons and establishments that are providing shelter to people experiencing homelessness

•    Establishments that are providing shelter to people experiencing homelessness

The following establishments, businesses, and institutions are required to follow NCDHHS Guidance with respect to indoor face covering requirements and all other COVID-19 related restrictions and recommendations:  

•    Schools

•    Child care facilities

•    Children’s day or overnight camps

•    Certain health care settings like long term care centers

•    Public or private transportation regulated by the State of North Carolina and North Carolina airports, bus and train stations or stops

•    Prisons and establishments that are providing shelter to people experiencing homelessness

•    Establishments that are providing shelter to people experiencing homelessness

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

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

Thank you for Wearing a Face Covering

Thank you for wearing a face covering signage for businesses and public locations

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PDF in English, Español, English/Español, English/Chinese, English/Arabic, English/Burmese, Enligsh/Karen, English/Kinyarwanda, English/Swahili, & Multilingual

Vax Up or Mask Up Signs

Signs for businesses or homes who want to remind visitors that if they are not fully vaccinated, to please wear a mask.

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PDF in English/Español

Signs for Home Use

Week3-1#MaskUPOCNC Campaign

Orange County is excited to announce the #MaskUpOCNC public health campaign.

The artist-designed poster series and corresponding social media campaign will encourage residents to “mask up” in compliance with state and county mandates.

“We know that wearing a face covering decreases the spread of the virus by trapping airborne particles, protecting yourself and others from contamination,” said Penny Rich, chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners. “By wearing a mask, you do your individual part to help protect the whole population. You wear a mask to protect others, and they wear a mask to protect you. Mask up, Orange County!”

Orange County artists Mike BensonMarcela Slade, and Bob Goldstein designed a series of eight posters depicting cultural icons encouraging the public to wear a face covering. The posters have been placed across the county.

Starting the week of July 27, residents are encouraged to share photos of themselves on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter wearing their face coverings and using the hashtag #MaskUpOCNC. One participant will be selected each week of the campaign to receive a $25 gift certificate to a local area business. Winners will be announced on Fridays.

The project is a partnership of communicators across Orange County and is led by the Orange County Arts Commission, with communicators from the Arts Commission, Orange County Health Department, Orange County Public Library, Orange County Office of Community Relations and the Town of Hillsborough on the committee. To view each work in the series, visit www.artsorange.org/maskup.

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.

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)

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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

videos

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https://youtu.be/HrSR8rwZNQU

There is a reason behind every mask. Whatever your reason, get behind the mask. Learn more at: ncdhhs.gov/WhateverYourReason

Get Behind the Mask SPA

https://youtu.be/dP1YTnQ1Dek

Hay una razón detrás de cada mascarilla. Cualquiera que sea tu razón, ponte la mascarilla. Aprende más: ncdhhs.gov/CualEsTuRazon

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https://youtu.be/07rpZNMxLd8

How to wear, take off, and care for a face covering to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus.  

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https://youtu.be/x_HgS61y9BY

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.

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https://youtu.be/tPx1yqvJgf4

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

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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.

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