Governor Roy Cooper shared an update on the state’s COVID-19 progress. Following yesterday’s guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that fully vaccinated individuals can safely do most activities without wearing a mask or the need to social distance from others, NC will remove its indoor mask mandate for most settings. Additionally, the state will lift all mass gathering limits and social distancing requirements. These changes are now in effect as of 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 14, 2021.
Here are the key points:
1. Face covering requirements are lifted in most settings.
2. Capacity restrictions are lifted in all settings.
3. Social distancing requirements have been lifted in all settings. (For example, there is no longer a requirement that tables in restaurants be spaced out.)
The following establishments, businesses, and institutions are required to follow NCDHHS Guidance with respect to indoor face covering requirements and all other COVID-19 related restrictions and recommendations:
• Children’s day or overnight camps
• Certain health care settings like long term care centers
• Public or private transportation regulated by the State of North Carolina and North Carolina airports, bus and train stations or stops
• Prisons and establishments that are providing shelter to people experiencing homelessness
• Establishments that are providing shelter to people experiencing homelessness
Click here to see Buncombe County's most recent metrics.
Anyone 12 years of age and older can now get a COVID-19 vaccine in Buncombe County.
Help Buying Food
If you already receive help buying food through Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), NCDHHS has received permission to enhance benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more. Additionally, participants will be able to purchase groceries online using their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards at authorized online EBT retailers. Call the EBT Call Center at 1-888-622-7328.
If you have a total income that falls below the gross income limits for your household size, you may be eligible for help buying food through FNS. See if you're eligible.
If you need immediate help buying food, call 2-1-1. Parents who need food assistance for their children can text FOODNC to 877-877 to locate nearby free meal sites. The texting service is also available in Spanish by texting COMIDA to 877-877.
Children who receive free or reduced lunch or attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school will be automatically enrolled for a benefit of $257 per child through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program.
The NC Division of Employment Security has information for people filing for unemployment.
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