Buncombe County & the State of North Carolina are in an extension of ‘Safer at Home Phase 2’ through at least September 11, 2020 at 5 p.m.

This includes a mandatory requirement from Gov. Roy Cooper that anyone 12 or older, in a public space in North Carolina, indoors or outdoors, must wear a face covering, with few exceptions.



‘Asheville Cares’ Stay Safe Pledge

Communicate a shared commitment to safety with the ‘ASHEVILLE CARES’ STAY SAFE PLEDGE, spearheaded by Explore Asheville in collaboration with local industry partners, and made available in a variety of formats.

Buncombe County Tourism Jobs Recovery Fund

A total of 394 small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 are receiving grants from this fund established by the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority.  UPDATED INFORMATION HERE.

Business Restart Resources fpr Safe Reopening

Explore Asheville in partnership with a task force of county and regional organizations developed the Phase 2 SMART RESTART TOOLKIT, with guidance and resources for business owners and employers. Buncombe County also has public health materials for local businesses HERE.

Compliance Toolkit for Lodging Industry

Buncombe County public health officials have safe practices information specific to the lodging industry. Find it HERE.

Compliance Toolkit for Wedding Industry

Explore Asheville hosted a Wedding Industry Town Hall on June 17. Find resources for compliance HERE.

Mask Mandate in North Carolina & in Buncombe County

Buncombe County Public Health has created signage and other tools to help businesses communicate the mandated that all persons in North Carolina should wear a face covering when they are out in public, indoors or outdoors. Find resources HERE. Also, Explore Asheville is partnering with the County to allow use of nine of our kiosks to promote this message. Learn more HERE.

North Carolina’s Safer at Home Executive Order – Phase 2 

Buncombe County & the State of North Carolina are in an extension of ‘Safer at Home Phase 2’ through at least September 11, 2020 at 5 p.m. Learn more about the State’s executive order HERE and about Buncombe’s order HERE. Find FAQs HERE.

Travel Industry Resources

Find industry guidance for promoting the health and safety of all travelers from the US TRAVEL ASSOCIATION. Also, check out VISIT NC for resources to help industry partners navigate business relief, communications, advocacy, research and other needs.

Webinars & Forums (Archive)

Archive of WEBINARS & FORUMS, available on-demand.



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