Orange County Issues New Standards for Food-service Establishments Starting July 10
Updated July 16 at 4 p.m.: Orange County has further amended its emergency declaration to remove a restriction on the size of outdoor gatherings. As of 5 p.m. on Friday, July 17, the county will follow the state restriction.
With COVID-19 cases rising in Orange County, the county has amended its emergency declaration to provide new standards for the on-site consumption of food and beverages at restaurants, private clubs and other food-service establishments.
“Cases in Orange County have tripled since Memorial Day,” said Penny Rich, chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners. “These additional measures will help protect our community by reducing group settings where the virus can easily spread. We must be vigilant in practicing physical distancing and wearing masks. It is more important than ever that we look out for each other.”
The revised declaration goes into effect at 5 p.m. Friday, July 10, and includes the following changes:
- Restaurants and private clubs will be closed to on-site consumption of food and beverages and no customers may be present for on-site consumption of food and beverages between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
- Restaurants may continue drive-through, delivery, and pickup services after 10 p.m. if there is no on-site consumption of food and beverages.
- Restaurants, breweries, wine shops, private clubs, bars, and any other businesses or organizations that sell alcohol for on-site consumption may not sell alcohol between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., and no customers may be present for on-site consumption of alcohol between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.
- Restaurants, private clubs, and other food and beverage service businesses may not provide off-site table service for the consumption of food and beverages in Orange County between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
- Restaurants, private clubs, bars, and other food and beverage service businesses will not allow sitting or standing at bars for food and beverage consumption and will not allow patrons to touch shared surfaces, such as bar counters or game equipment, such as pool tables, darts, and pinball machines. Restrooms are excluded.
These changes as well as the restrictions and prohibitions in Section 4 of the last amended declaration on June 26 remain in effect in Orange County until they are amended or modified or the declaration is terminated. The restrictions and prohibitions from the last amended declaration are:
- Indoor gatherings — The county declaration includes public meetings in the state’s order limiting indoor gatherings to 10 or fewer people. The only exceptions are worship services, spiritual gatherings, weddings and funerals.
- Long-term care facilities — The county declaration requires that mandatory mitigation measures placed on skilled nursing facilities in the state’s order be extended to all long-term care facilities in Orange County. The measures are those outlined in North Carolina Executive Order 138, Section 7B.2., as originally adopted. They apply to all long-term care facilities described in Section 7A.3. of the order, as originally adopted.
- Restaurants — The county declaration requires that restaurants limit the number of customers at tables so that no more than six people are seated together at the same table unless they are part of the same household.
See the town's COVID-19 Restrictions page for additional information on current restrictions in place, including requirements for face coverings.