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Orange County Adopts State Rules for Face Coverings

Friday, June 26, 2020

Orange County has amended its COVID-19-related state of emergency order to adopt state rules for face coverings.

The rules will replace a similar set of county rules that have been in place since June 12.

“For Hillsborough and Orange County residents, this is not a big change,” said Hillsborough Mayor Jenn Weaver. “Just keep doing what you’ve been doing for the last several weeks. Wear your face coverings!”

An executive order from N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper, which goes into effect at 5 p.m. today, mandates use of face coverings in many situations. The requirement applies:

  • While indoors other than in a private home.
  • While in a public transportation vehicle.
  • While outdoors and unable to maintain a 6-foot physical distance from others.

Face coverings are not required:

  • For those who cannot wear a face covering due to a medical or behavioral condition or disability.
  • For children under 11 years old.
  • For children whose parents or guardians are unable to place the face covering properly.
  • While actively eating or drinking.
  • While strenuously exercising.
  • When speaking to a hearing-impaired person who needs to lip-read.
  • While giving a speech for a broadcast or for an audience.
  • When working at home, in a personal vehicle or in a personal office.
  • If wearing a face covering would create a workplace safety issue.
  • If wearing a face covering would impede visibility required to safely operate a vehicle or equipment.
  • Temporarily, while securing government services or medical services, or for identification purposes.


Only businesses and organizations that do not enforce the face covering requirement may be cited, not individuals. Individuals may be cited for trespassing if they refuse to comply or leave the premises.

All complaints related to hair salons, barbers, nail salons, waxers, threaders, skin care and similar businesses must be directed to the N.C. Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners. An online form is available.

For business-related environmental health complaints, contact the Orange County Environmental Health Division through its online form or call 919-245-2360 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

For other reports, contact Hillsborough police online anytime or at 919-296-9500 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 911 for emergencies or if neither option is available.

More information

The Orange County Health Department is now providing a weekly summary of cases on Fridays at 9 a.m. The state updates its COVID-19 case count dashboard daily at noon.

For the latest information and guidance relating to Orange County’s COVID-19 response:

For questions, contact the Orange County Health Department by email at or by phone at 919-245-6111 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Spanish and other languages are available.

Related documents

Document Orange County amended declaration  

Document N.C. Executive Order No. 147  

Document N.C. Executive Order No. 147, FAQ  

Document N.C. Requirements for the Use of Face Coverings and Masks  

Document Face covering requirements flyer (English)  

Document Face covering requirements flyer (Spanish)  

Document How to Use a Face Covering (English)  

Document How to Use a Face Covering (Spanish)  

Document Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19