Message from the Mayor
Dear Black Mountain Residents, Business Owners and Visitors,
Thank you for visiting the Town of Black Mountain online. The purpose of this site is to keep the citizens, businesses and visitors of Black Mountain informed with a wide variety of information.
Update Regarding COVID-19
We are continuing to monitor the developments about the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The highest priority of any municipality is to protect the health and safety of our residents and employees. At the Town of Black Mountain, it is our goal to keep you informed by providing resources to help keep you safe and healthy.
We understand that public concern about COVID-19 will continue to cause people to be cautious about patronizing local businesses, keeping travel plans, and attending public gatherings. We encourage everyone to understand the facts about COVID-19 to make informed decisions. We have compiled a list of helpful local, state and federal resources on our State of Emergency COVID-19 Response page.
Following Governor Cooper’s emergency declaration, on March 12, 2020 the Mayor’s of each Municipality within Buncombe County, and the County Commissioners have declared a State of Emergency for Buncombe County to include all its municipalities. The Town of Black Mountain is taking proactive steps to protect the health and well-being of our citizens in the face of growing cases of the coronavirus COVID-19 both around the nation and here in North Carolina. Following the guidance of Governor Cooper through Executive Order 120, as well as county and state officials, many town facilities will be closed to the public and business will be conducted via phone, email, fax, or other virtual means to the greatest extent possible. As the virus progresses additional closures may be announced. Temporary operations of Town facilities are outlined here.
Though some may feel inconvenienced, I want you all to know that the Town is doing everything in our power to put the health and safety of our community first. We knew that declaring a local emergency was imperative, which was why we acted promptly. We closed our public facilities, canceled all programs and events, and moved several services to appointments only. Working in conjunction with State and County leaders we will follow the lead of the County with the closure of some retail services such as hair salons, massage parlors, gyms, and bars, and allowing restaurants to only offer take-out, delivery, or pick-up service.
Now it is up to you to do your part. For the last week, we have been publishing links to Buncombe County, State of North Carolina and CDC resource pages that provide you with the best practices for staying healthy and preventing exposure to the coronavirus. It is prudent to proceed under the assumption that everyone around us has the virus and we have it ourselves. So please exercise appropriate social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and stay at home whenever possible.
We will only get through this if we take personal responsibility, practice kindness, and have respect for each other and ourselves. Be prepared, and also be considerate of others. These are unprecedented times, but we are here for you. As a community and a country, we will get through this and come out stronger and more resilient. We will continue to provide the latest Town updates and resources on COVID-19 (coronavirus) here. Please subscribe to Town notifications here.
Mayor Don Collins