As the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve at an hour-by-hour pace, the Explore Asheville team is focused on curating and sharing resources to help industry partners navigate the challenges brought about by the pandemic. We will continue to pass along guidance and information from trusted sources as we discover it.
As always, the health and safety of the people who live, work, and visit here is our top priority.
On March 25, Buncombe County issued a Supplemental Declaration of a Local State of Emergency in response to the coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic, and in response to the declaration of emergency issued by the State of North Carolina. Also issued was Interpretive Guidance for following the order.
The “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order took effect March 26, at 8 p.m. and expires at 6 a.m. on April 9, unless extended by officials. It prohibits leisure and recreation travelers from visiting Buncombe County or be subject to a quarantine for the duration of their stay, up to 14 days, even if the 14-day period extends beyond the duration of the declaration.
Non-compliance with this declaration is a Class 2 misdemeanor.
Coronavirus Resource Pages
We are continuing to provide tools and information for tourism partners. Please check these pages frequently:
- News & Info for Small Business Resiliency & Recovery
- Agencies & Organizations Providing Business Support Services
- Tourism Industry & Small Business Advocacy
- General Information & Updates About Coronavirus
- Event Cancellations + Temporary Business Changes/Closures
- “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Information & Toolkit for Lodging Operators
- Roundup of Local, State & Federal Orders & Legislation
Coronavirus Partner E-Alerts [Archive]
- March 26, 2020
- March 23, 2020
- March 20, 2020
- March 18, 2020
- March 17. 2020
- March 13, 2020
- March 06, 2020
- February 28, 2020
COVID-19: Got Questions?
- Buncombe County Health & Human Services encourages those with additional questions about preparedness planning for your organization to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The North Carolina Coronavirus Helpline is staffed by nurses and pharmacists who can answer questions about symptoms, risk factors, how coronavirus spreads and possible precautions: 866-462-3821.
- For information on community resources available during the COVID-19 crisis, call 2-1-1, managed by United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County.