Roll down the Bolin Creek Trail and celebrate the beauty of the earth beginning April 19 – 24 and see if you can find a dozen Ents! Send a couple of pics to gochapelhill.org along with your name and address for a treat in the mail. And along the way, enjoy the beauty of this great earth! Happy Earth Week!
On Monday, April 12, the Town of Chapel Hill hosted a virtual public information meeting to review the current plans and next steps for the development of the Fordham Boulevard Sidepath. At this meeting, project team members shared the construction plans, including the layout of the sidepath, landscaping, traffic calming mechanisms selected for Hickory Drive, and two intersections with Fordham Boulevard.
The public is invited to attend one of two site meetings scheduled with the Town of Chapel Hill’s Project Manager and other team members to review the Sidepath’s alignment.
Those interested in attending this site visit can meet on one of the following days/times; Wednesday, April 14, from 2-4 p.m. or on Thursday, April 15 from 4-6 p.m. Please access the meeting location on the Little Ridgefield Neighborhood side of Fordham Boulevard at the corner of Willow Drive and Fordham Boulevard.
For background information on the project see this web page. For more info, contact project manager Marcia Purvis at or by phone at (919) 968-2750
Check out the University of NC at Chapel Hill’s website regarding getting around!
Chapel Hill Transit operates Sunday-level service on Friday, April 2
Chapel Hill Transit will change service over Easter weekend.
Chapel Hill Transit will operate Sunday routes and schedules, except for the NU and U routes, on Friday, April 2 in observance of Good Friday. EZ Rider will operate from 8:15 a.m. until 6:52 p.m.
Sunday routes and schedules that will operate include:
Chapel Hill Transit will operate regularly on Saturday, April 3 and Sunday, April 4.
NATIONAL TRANSIT THANK YOU DAY TO OPERATORS!
Chapel Hill Community Meetings on Traffic Modeling
Town of Chapel Hill – Are you interested in traffic patterns in Chapel Hill? At upcoming community meetings on traffic modeling, a Town consultant will present a draft Town-wide Traffic Model that was prepared using TransModeler software. This model will provide real-time information on traffic measures such as level of service, delay, and capacity levels of street networks for vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles, and transit.
A town-wide model meeting is planned for 6 p.m. Monday, March 29. Craig Scheffler of infrastructure solutions firm HNTB will present the findings of the town-wide traffic model. Register in advance for this meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpcu2qrDIiG9V1dMydiUQoSWN713tuAbae After registering, you will receive an email with information about joining the meeting.
A second meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday March 30. Representatives from mobility enhancement consultant VHB will discuss using the Town-wide traffic model and traffic impacts of the Aura development at 1000 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Register in advance for this meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEudOmhpzoqGdVBrsMipkAb4FfcbejGp6A- After registering, you will receive an email with information about joining the meeting.
For more information on the Aura development, visit http://chplan.us/AuraCZ.
Easy Guide for Riding Chapel Hill Transit 2021!
Chapel Hill Transit has added an easy-to-navigate Bus Ride Guide for anyone that needs more informational detail. Be sure to share this with friends and family and especially new community member or visitors.
Town Pilots First Temporary In-Road ‘Street Path’
The Town of Chapel Hill installed the first temporary in-road ‘street path’ on Honeysuckle Road and Booker Creek Road last Thursday, Feb. 4, linking the trails at Cedar Falls Park to the Booker Creek Greenway. The street path, a six-foot area on the side of the street, is intended to delineate an area for people to walk, run, and roll on a road that does not have dedicated sidewalks or bicycle facilities. The street path is marked with tape, reflective cones, and signage.
The plan for the temporary street paths came after seeing higher than usual numbers of people walking, running, biking, and rolling due to the COVID-19 pandemic and wanting to provide dedicated space for people on roads without sidewalks. In the summer and fall, the Town solicited public ideas for roads to test the idea, and Honeysuckle and Booker Creek roads emerged as the top priority.
How to Use: People should use the street path as if it were a sidewalk – walk, run, and roll in both directions. Normally in the absence of a sidewalk pedestrians should walk facing traffic, but the street path should be treated as a sidewalk that lets people walk either direction.
Town staff will be evaluating the street path and accepting feedback via online survey. The link can be found at http://chplan.us/3aOT5nA as well as on the signs at the start and end of the street path. If this path is deemed a success, the Town will install them on several other roads in the community and possibly explore making them permanent.
|NOW ACCEPTING APPLICANTS FOR THE CYCLE NC AMBASSADOR PROGRAM! Cycle North Carolina rides and events have been bringing cyclists from all over the country together since our first ride back in 1999. The purpose of our new ambassador program is to help us stay more connected with the local cycling community and to inspire and grow cycling in North Carolina. We are looking for athletes, enthusiasts and bike bloggers with exciting rides planned, and those with an enthusiasm for fitness and healthy living. This includes people that have the ability to write, film, or take pictures of their journeys, and those with a large following in their cycling circles, bike clubs, spin classes, fitness classes, etc. Road cyclists, mountain bikers, seasoned veterans, high school and college students are encouraged to apply. We want individuals with the ability to motivate and inspire others to be physically active. The candidates should also be active on social media platforms. Visit this link https://ncsports.org/cycle-nc-ambassador-program/ for more information or to apply TODAY!|
The Town of Chapel Hill has received a
National Silver Level Bike Friendly Business Designation 2021 – 2025
Chapel Hill Transit Providing Service – Vaccination Clinics in Orange County
Chapel Hill Transit provides service to two UNC Health vaccination clinics and the Orange County Health vaccination clinic at the RR Lot.
Routes FCX, S, and N provide service to the UNC Friday Center. From Friday Center Drive, customers can walk to the back of the center to access the UNC Health vaccine clinic at the Friday Center. GoTriangle’s routes 800, 800S, and 805 also stop at the Friday Center along NC-Highway 54.
Chapel Hill Transit operates GoTriangle’s 420 route, which provides service to the UNC Health vaccine clinic in Hillsborough.
Chapel Hill and Carrboro residents who are unable to access fixed route service or need to access the RR Lot can use EZ Rider to access these vaccination points (you don’t need to be an EZ Rider customer). To book your trip, customers should:
- Call EZ-Rider Reservations (919) 969-4979 or complete our online form. (townofchapelhill.org/government/departments-services/transit/ez-rider/online-reservations)
- Inform the representative that you want to reserve a trip to receive your COVID-19 vaccine.
- You may be required to show proof of your vaccination appointment.
Please note: UNC Health and Orange County Health vaccination clinics require appointments, and all are required to follow state and local processes to reserve your appointments.
Read more about how to register for your vaccine at: UNC Health: vaccine.unchealthcare.org/. For assistance via phone, call: (984) 215-5485. The hotline is answered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.; Orange County Health: orangecountync.gov/getyourshot.
Chapel Hill Transit asks that customers do not ride the bus if they are sick or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19. Face coverings are required on Chapel Hill Transit vehicles.
Happy New Year – 2021!
Here’s to a new year and a new day for cycling, walking, wheeling, carpooling or riding Chapel Hill Transit, GoTriangle and/or Orange County Public Transit! Use alternative transportation to get about and feel great in 2020! And until everyone is back at work, telework is a great way to keep our air clean… as well as moving into the future!
Check out https://gotriangle.org/goperks Go Triangle’s Go Perks Incentives program to earn points for using alternative transportation and earn all sorts of gift cards!
Chapel Hill Transit will not be operating on January 1, 2021.
Chapel Hill Transit Adjusting Service Hours Observing Upcoming Holidays
Adjustments as follows:
- Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24
- Sunday Service (no U, NU or Safe Rides)
- EZ Rider operates from 8:15 a.m. – 6:52 p.m.
- Christmas, Friday, Dec. 25 – Closed
- New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31
- Sunday Service (no U, NU or Safe Rides)
- EZ Rider operates from 8:15 a.m. – 6:52 p.m.
- GoTriangle 420
- New Year’s Day, Friday, Jan. 1 – Closed
Additionally, Chapel Hill Transit will not operate the NU Route from December 12, 2020 until January 15, 2021.
Chapel Hill Transit Will Be Closed Friday – December 25th
Buses will not run on December 25th
Chapel Hill Transit Information – December 4, 2020
Face coverings are required on Chapel Hill Transit vehicles and at bus stops. For more information about how to COVID-19 prevention measures visit: https://www.townofchapelhill.org/government/departments-services/transit/transit-covid-19-update/
IMPOSSIBLE: Return to the Worksite session Thursday, December 10th at 2 p.m.
The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health has invested in research to combat the COVID-19 virus. Dr. John Staley is the Executive Director of Outreach and Continuing Education for the Occupational Safety and Health Education Research there, and he will provide information about:
- Considerations for businesses as they plan for employees to return to the worksite
- Evidence-based roadmaps and interventions for safe and healthy operations
- Engaging employees and managers to prioritize safety
The session is free, and all are welcome. RSVP in advance to receive your login link.
IMPOSSIBLE series is a quick 60 minute discussion with experts on topics you want to know more about. Join us for practical lessons to provide direct access to industry and technical experts. Have a question to ask? What better way to address it than in an open discussion with subject matter experts and your peers for the most productive 60 minutes of your day.
Chapel Hill Transit Thanksgiving Schedule
CHT will be closed on Thursday, November 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Chapel Hill Transit will begin running Sunday service on Friday, November 27. The U route will not run on Friday.EZ Rider will be closed on Thursday and on Friday will operate from 8:15 a.m. to 6:52 p.m.
Chapel Hill Mode Makers Designation
Join the growing group of Chapel Hill Mode Makers striving to build a healthier community by using simple tools to reduce the carbon foot print and traffic congestion while making for cleaner air and water! Application is simple. Place a mark next to the blocks that apply to your business or organization and email to .
Those reaching a level of designation will receive recognition at a special ceremony, become eligible for no charge Go Chapel Hill TDM group trainings and annual conference, become part of a speakers group, and receive assistance for reaching new levels from Go Chapel Hill Staff.
Cyber Awareness during the holiday period and year round as well.
As we all get ready to observe the upcoming holiday, please remember to stay safe online!
Keep your software up to date by installing the latest updates, use anti-virus software, use strong passwords, be extra careful while clicking links and attachments in emails, and backup your data regularly.
Cyber criminals will use current events such as holidays, the upcoming elections, and even COVID-19 to entice us to click links or open attachments.
Practicing good cyber-security hygiene can help us all stay safe online!
Signing up is simple at Share the Ride NC links below! . . . Oh, and it might ask if you are interested in a carpool match, but this is not required to receive alternative points!
- Those Employed in Chapel Hill-Carrboro – Sign up here: Share the Ride NC
Many local people have won great gift cards to local restaurants many times already and there are monthly drawings all year round! You can win too!
Note: The information you enter for the drawings, allows us to know how many miles of carbon emissions are saved annually for local, state and nationwide reporting! Information is kept confidential and is not given to anyone!
Chapel Hill Transit Labor Day Schedule
Monday, Sept. 7, is a Town holiday. CHAPEL HILL TRANSIT will not operate on September 7, 2020.
Triangle Bikeway Study
Share your ideas about this 17-mile bicycle trail connecting Triangle communities between Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill.
The bikeway will link Raleigh, Research Triangle Park (RTP), Durham and Chapel Hill along I-40 and NC 54. The bikeway will connect Triangle communities making both short and long bike trips for work, play and daily errands possible.
Input is needed:
Take the survey online today – https://trianglebikewaystudy.metroquest.com/
Visit the online map to identify potential connections, opportunities, and constraints: http://www.trianglebikeway.com/crowdsource/map.aspx
Share with your friends, family, and neighbors!
Seeking your input on Walk to School Day
Walk to School Day is going to look different this year. Some students may be remotely learning from their homes. Other students might be going to school but walking (and most everything else) requires physical distancing. Some may be doing a hybrid of the two.
We are seeking your input on how the 2020 event can be used to support your community’s goals, whether those goals are to strengthen community connections, advance road safety, celebrate walking, or something else. Please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey by Tuesday, August 4. We plan to share ideas back with the Walk to School Day community.
Thank you in advance for your time and input, and for all that you do to support safe walking and biking.
-Your Walk and Bike to School Day Team
Help Create Tomorrow’s Transportation System
For anyone interested in transportation in the region, including the highway, bicycle, rail, pedestrian and transit networks, then now is opportunity to give feedback on the major goals that will guide future changes and improvements.
The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) is seeking public feedback on proposed goals and objectives for the 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP).
Cyber Security Is Important – Especially With Many Working From Home! Webinar July 28th!
Register for this no charge webinar led by Cyber Expert Robert Reynolds, Chapel Hill
To Register: https://gotriangle.org/mi
Feedback Wanted: Locations for Activity While Observing Physical Distancing
In response to COVID-19 and North Carolina’s phased reopening, the Town of Chapel Hill is seeking resident input on locations for temporary on-street, multi-use paths. Installing temporary facilities would create more space for active transportation options like biking, walking, and running while complying with physical distancing requirements.
We would like to hear concerns and suggestions about physical distancing on crowded sidewalks and streets. Town staff will use this input to help determine where temporary on-street, multi-use paths should be considered to aid residents in maintaining safe separation while being active.
Please consider the following criteria when offering recommendations:
- Town-owned streets (see Street Maintenance map)
- Streets with low speed (30 mph or less)
- Streets with existing sidewalks, at least one side
- Streets with vehicle thru traffic to promote connectivity
- Wide enough to support a 10-foot-wide multi-use path on the road
This is intended to be a pilot program, and Town staff will evaluate any temporary installations and make adjustments as needed.
Public input is welcome at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfs3gs3LxhCHbfC1fjqjT6omNUD_uXvCz2w2K0UY-4MD8CRmQ/viewform.
1 Hour History Tours: Triangle Bikeworks July 27-30
2020 August Transit Service Improvements
Starting August 3, Chapel Hill Transit will change service on multiple routes to better serve the Chapel Hill, Carrboro and UNC-Chapel Hill communities. Impacts from COVID-19, will impact the full implementation of these changes. As Chapel Hill Transit determines those impacts, updates will be provided on this page and through regular updates to our service alerts.
Through these service changes we hope:
- More people will try to ride the bus,
- More people will use transit regularly,
- To provide more frequent service along the busiest roadways,
- To provide access to our community members with the fewest options to travel,
- To improve weekend service and
- Make it easier to live in Chapel Hill and Carrboro without a vehicle
Starting in August, Chapel Hill Transit will run 20 routes Monday through Friday and nine routes on Saturdays, Sundays and some holidays. Many of these routes will be simplified with less one-way loops and turns.
Sunday service for the first time in 40 years
The nine routes will run on Saturdays, Sundays and some holidays. These routes will have the same routing has their weekday counterparts, with different timetables. Weekend routes include: the A, CM, CW, D, J, N, NS, NU and U routes.
High frequency transit service means a bus is coming at least every 15 minutes during the busiest times of the day. A high frequency corridor means that a bus comes down a street or a network of streets at least every 15 minutes – one route or multiple routes can work together to provide this service.
|15-501 S-UNC Hospitals||CCX route|
|NC 54 (Carrboro)-Cameron Avenue||CM route|
|NC 54 (Friday Center)-UNC Hospitals||FCX route|
|W. Franklin Street||J route|
|NC-54 (Carrboro)-S. Columbia Street||JFX route|
|Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.-S. Columbia Street-15-501 S||NS route|
|UNC Campus||RU/U route|
|NC 54 (Friday Center)-UNC Campus||S route|
|E. Franklin Street||
We’ve done our best to include the most current information on this page. Below we’ve tried to call out relevant information and put it in an easy to digest format. If you still have questions email us at: or call us at 919.969.4931.
No Routing Changes
Several routes have no routing changes, including the: J, JFX, NS, RU and U routes. These routes may have several changes. Schedules will be posted later this summer.
Routes which will no longer run
| Routes going out of service
||Routes to switch to|
|CPX route||CM route, JFX route|
|HU route||B route|
|V route||NS route, N route|
|FG route||A route|
|JN route||J route, N route|
*The Carrboro Plaza Park and Ride will not continue to be a park and ride lot in August and will no longer be served. Customers should use the Jones Ferry Park and Ride lot, three-quarters (3/4) mile away.
Routes which will no longer serve a portion of the route
||Removed Section||Routes to switch to|
|A route||Homestead Road, MLK Jr. Blvd., Stadium Drive, Manning Drive||HS route|
|B route||Fordham Blvd. from NC 54 to Old Mason Farm Rd.||no replacement|
|CL route||Legion Rd., Standish Dr., Old Durham Rd., Erwin Rd.||D route|
|CM route||Manning Dr., Skipper Bowles Dr.||Transfer to RU on Manning Dr.|
|Jones Ferry P&R, Jones Ferry, Davie Road, Poplar Ave.||∙ Jones Ferry – JFX/CM route
∙ Davie/Poplar – Walk to Jones Ferry,
∙ NC 54 Bypass or Main Street
|D route||Old Sterling Rd., Sage Rd., Dobbins Dr.||CL route|
|F route||University Place||A route|
|G route||South Road, NC 54, Glen Lennox, University Place|
|JFX route||Old Fayetteville Rd., Poplar Ave., NC 54||CM route|
|N route||Manning Drive, Mason Farm Road||Transfer to RU on Manning Dr.|
|NU route||MLK Jr. Blvd. from Hillsborough Rd. to South Rd.|
|T route||Manning Drive, Old Mason Farm|
ROUTE MAPS & SCHEDULE INFORMATION
We are updating this information as we have it prepared. This information will continue to be updated throughout the summer.
How Do You Commute To Work Survey
The Association for Commuter Transportation and Center for Transportation Demand Management are conducting a nationwide survey of commuters to collect feedback on how COVID-19 may impact the mode split of commuters returning to worksites. In order to gather a deep understanding of how commute patterns may change nationwide we are inviting you to provide feedback on how COVID-19 may impact your constituents commutes to work.
Results from the survey will provide important information to transportation providers, policy makers, and employers on how to meet the needs of commuters and help ensure your return to the work site is safe and reliable.
This survey can be completed by all individuals currently working or planning to return to work in the coming months. The survey will take 8-10 minutes to complete.
As a thank you, all participants can choose to be entered in a drawing for one of five (5) $100 Amazon gift cards. All submission received by June 26, 2020 will qualify for the drawing.
– Association for Commuter Transportation
Saturday, June 6, is National Trails Day
Since 1993, National Trails Day has recognized the benefits that local greenways and trails provide for recreation, while promoting the wide variety of services trail systems offer. Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation traditionally celebrates National Trails Day on the first Saturday in June with a trail walk and tour of one of our greenways.
This year we have developed a Virtual Trail Walk Challenge called #CHTrailsChallenge that highlights our 9+ mile paved greenway system, an interconnected system of bike and pedestrian corridors to many of our community parks, neighborhoods, retail and educational centers. Our greenways provide recreational benefits as well as a number of public art experiences created by Triangle-based artists.
Will you accept our challenge to go the distance? We challenge you to walk, run or ride all 9+ miles of Chapel Hill’s paved greenways from June 5 through June 12, 2020. Those who complete the challenge will be entered in a drawing to win one of five prize packs valued at $100 each. While you’re enjoying the greenways, be sure to snap a photo of yourself appreciating one of our many public art experiences and post your photo to social media using #CHTrailsChallenge.
Completing the #CHTrailsChallenge includes logging your progress as you traverse in full the following greenways. Five winners will be drawn randomly from those that complete their challenge entries. To complete your entries for each greenway below, and to read more about the public art experiences, go to National Trails Day Virtual Challenge
- Fan Branch and Morgan Creek Trail connector is 2.5 miles long to Merritt Pasture, accessible from two large parking lots at Southern Community Parks and Culbreth Middle School.
- Bolin Creek and Tanyard Branch Trail connector is 1.9 miles, accessible from Umstead Park as well as a trailhead off Caldwell Street adjacent to the Northside Elementary School.
- Meadowmont’s greenway, a 10-foot wide paved is 2.8 miles and starts at Rashkis Elementary School and ends at the western side of NC 54.
- Lower Booker Creek Trail has a 10-foot wide 1.2 mile section that connects adjacent neighborhoods to the Eastgate Shopping Center.
While you seek to enjoy the outdoors, it is important that you are conscious of your personal space and respect the space of others. Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation staff posted signs along the greenways to remind residents of the six feet minimum spacing to keep distance from others.
June 1st CHT Modifications- Chapel Hill Transit is running the weekday CM, D, G, J, NS, RU, S and U routes, GoTriangle’s 420 and EZ rider service
Chapel Hill Transit will begin running several regular routes with modified schedules. The CM, D, G, J, NS, RU, S and U routes will begin running their normal schedule until 8 p.m. when the routes will go out of service.
“Running these eight core routes provides a higher level of service, while allowing our maintenance team to keep an increased vehicle cleaning schedule,” says Jeffrey Sullivan, Chapel Hill Transit’s community outreach manager. “Our priority is to make sure riding transit is as safe as possible. We also want to provide reliable service to ensure people who depend on us are able to access work, healthcare and other essential services.”
The core routes will maintain their normal schedules, however, each route will end around 8 p.m. View the amended schedules via the links below. Trips that will not run are shown in gray.
- CM route (serving the Jones Ferry Lot)
- D route
- G route
- J route
- NS route (serving the Southern Village and Eubanks Park and Ride Lots)
- RU route
- S route (serving the Hedrick Building, NC-54 and Friday Center Park and Ride Lots)
- U route
EZ Rider will provide service from 5 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Chapel Hill Transit will continue to provide six trips of GoTriangle’s route 420, connecting Hillsborough and Chapel Hill.
Buses will be limited to 10 people, while larger buses will be limited to 15 people. Tripper service will be available for some routes such as the NS and S, where we expect to see more passenger demand. Tripper service means several buses and operators will be on standby to provide additional service if a bus becomes full.
Chapel Hill Transit will continue to ask customers to board via the rear door unless a mobility issue makes it difficult for a customer to do so. Chapel Hill Transit also encourages all customers to use face coverings while on the bus.
“We are in the process of finding devices that can dispense face coverings and are working with vendors to get additional supplies in to help those who may not have access to face masks,” says Sullivan.
“We have also measured out spaces on our vehicles that allow six feet of physical distance and are placing signs to help passengers identify these seats.”
Chapel Hill Transit’s administrative offices will continue to be closed to the public. Lost and found will only be available by appointment. Call 919-969-4901 to speak with a team member.
“We know many people are eager to get back to normal,” says Sullivan. “Thank you for your patience as we begin to bring back our service safely.”
Bicycle Training Videos
Bike Workshop Videos – May 28 – 31
Bike Workshop Videos – May 23 – 27
Bike Workshop Videos – Week 3
Bike Workshop Videos – Week 2
Bike Workshop Videos – Week 1
Daily Bicycle Puzzle
Children’s Puzzles & Other Information At:
Bike Decorating Contest
Through May 31
Age Group- 12 years and under
Age Group- 13 – 17 years
Age Group- 18 years & above!
Get Your Name in the Hat for Gift Card Drawings!
Decorate your bicycle and take a picture (you can be on the bike if you like)…
OR, Draw a picture of a decorated bicycle.
Include your name, age, email and phone number
Drawings on June 1st – Winners will be notified by email and some pictures will be posted on the GoChapelHill.org webpage
Practicing Bike-to-School-Day Ideas
1- GET OUT THERE: Get out for a walk or ride with your family! Can you take a ride around your neighborhood? Or take a walk to hunt for chalk art or signs created by others near you? Share a photo of your family or a location on your route with the tag #GoChapelHill.
3- TALK: Hold a five-minute interview with family members about their experience walking or biking. Tag with #GoChapelHill and send to . Look into online resources and biking and walking activities encouraged by your state or community transportation departments and advocacy groups
Make a difference in your neighborhood!
|Great idea directly from BikeWalk NC following.
In this time of social distancing, do you find yourself spending even more time outside? Join #brightsigns, BikeWalkNC’s Community Engagement event. Safety Signs need to be seen if they are going to work. Let’s all make #brightsigns and give our neighbors an even safer place to bike and walk. Just post a photo of you or your family biking, walking or making #brightsigns. Tag 5 of your friends and ask them to do the same. Join in #brightsigns and see what a difference we can make together.
Watch the #BrightSigns video here! Tag and share with 5 friends!
The Town of Chapel Hill is reminding the community to wear masks in situations where social distancing is difficult.
Because it is still possible for people who have no symptoms of coronavirus infection to transmit the virus to others, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends everyone wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as in grocery stores and pharmacies.
The Orange County Health Department has advised that face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing and that efforts to stay at least six feet from others should continue to be made when wearing a face covering. The department notes that both measures to slow transmission of the virus will especially help people in vulnerable groups. According to the CDC, these include people who:
- Are 65 years or older.
- Live in a nursing home or long-term care facility.
- Are immunocompromised due to cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, or prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications.
- Have chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease or liver disease.
Face covering reminders
If using a face covering, exercise care when removing the mask. Do not touch eyes, nose, or mouth when removing the covering. Wash hands immediately after.
Cloth coverings should be washed regularly, after each use if possible. Using a washing machine with hot water and regular laundry detergent should be sufficient, the Health Department has advised.
Surgical masks and N-95 respirators should be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders. For safety, cloth face coverings should not be placed on children under age two or anyone who has trouble breathing or is unable to remove the mask without assistance. See guidance from the CDC.
Need a face covering?
Cloth face coverings can be fashioned from household items such as scarves and t-shirts for personal use. The CDC has produced a video showing how a mask can be created using a t-shirt and rubber bands. Learn more about making sewn and non-sewn masks.
Cloth or handmade masks should:
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, covering the mouth and nose.
- Be secured with ties, rubber bands or ear loops.
- Include multiple layers of fabric.
- Allow for breathing without restriction.
- Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.