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March 12, 2020 2:18 PM

State of Emergency Declaration

The Town of Black Mountain has declared a local State of Emergency to coordinate response and protective actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Citizens and Visitors of Black Mountain:

As communities begin to feel the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), The Town of Black Mountain would like to share with you the steps we are taking to help protect the health and safety of our citizens and employees, which is always our top priority.
We are closely monitoring local and national reports on the evolving impact of COVID-19. Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization, the Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services, and other applicable public health agencies, we’ve developed contingency plans and are taking the proper recommended precautions. In all Town facilities, we have added extra sanitation measures including daily disinfecting of surfaces, we are encouraging frequent hand washing and we have implemented social distancing policies and employee travel bans aimed at protecting the health and well-being of our teammates and the public. We have canceled all advisory board and commission meetings for the next thirty days and will close all Town operated facilities to the public beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020. Facilities will remain open for official business with very limited public access. Please follow any directional signage in place at each location. Mayor Don Collins has issued an emergency directive under the authority of the Town’s State of Emergency Proclamation that all water to inhabited residences presently turned off, be turned back on and to suspend disconnections of residential water service until the crisis has passed. Customers will remain responsible for their bill but service will not be disconnected at this time.

We realize that you depend on us, and we are committed to serving our citizens. The Town’s mission is simple, yet powerful: Provide quality services to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our citizens.

We feel deeply for those who have been affected already. The Town of Black Mountain is here to help in any way possible. Again, the health and safety of our citizens and employees is our top priority, and we are committed to doing our part to help keep Black Mountain safe.

Josh Harrold, Town Manager

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Latest Update:

October 15, 2020 4:33 PM

Governor Roy Cooper announced yesterday that applications are now being accepted for the N.C. Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions (HOPE) Program, which will assist eligible low- and- moderate-income renters experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. The new program seeks to promote housing stability during the ongoing pandemic by providing rent and utility assistance to prevent evictions and utility disconnections.

Renters who need rent or utility assistance can apply online at Applicants who cannot access the online application can also call 2-1-1 and speak with a program representative, who will assist the caller through the application on the phone. Callers can reach 2-1-1 Monday-Friday between 7 am and 6 pm.

The HOPE Program is funded by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant−Coronavirus funds and U.S. Department of Treasury Coronavirus Relief funds, which have been provided to North Carolina. The funds are administered by the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency, a division of the Department of Public Safety, and will be distributed through community partner agencies across the state.

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October 5, 2020 11:27 AM

North Carolina moved into Phase 3 at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 2, 2020. The state will remain in Phase 3 until October 23. The requirement for masks in public places remains. Please continue to protect yourself and others by doing the 3 Ws: WEAR a cloth covering over your nose and mouth, WAIT 6 feet apart, and WASH your hands.
Under Phase 3:
• Large outdoor venues with seating greater than 10,000 may operate with 7% occupancy for spectators.
• Smaller outdoor entertainment venues, like arenas or amphitheaters, may operate outdoors at 30% of outdoor capacity, or 100 guests, whichever is less.
• Movie theaters and conference centers may open indoor spaces to 30% of capacity, or 100 guests, whichever is less.
• Bars may operate outdoors at 30% of outdoor capacity, or 100 guests, whichever is less.
• Amusement parks may open at 30% occupancy, outdoor attractions only.
• The limits on mass gatherings will remain at 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.
• The 11 pm curfew on alcohol sales for in-person consumption in locations such as restaurants and outdoor bars will be extended to October 23.

June 25, 2020 5:23 PM

June 25, 2020
WHEREAS, beginning in December 2019, a novel coronavirus, now designated SARS-CoV2 which causes
the disease COVID-19, has spread through the world and has now been declared a global pandemic by the
World Health Organization;
WHEREAS, in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic the Governor of North Carolina declared a State of
Emergency on March 10, 2020 and a number of additional Executive Orders have been issued by the
Governor for the purposes of protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the people of North Carolina;
WHEREAS, a local State of Emergency was declared by Buncombe County Commissioners on March 12,
2020, and supplemental and superseding local declarations have been issued to limit local public
gatherings and the operations of specified businesses;
WHEREAS, on May 20, 2020 the Governor issued Executive Order 141 ("EO141") to further ease certain
COVID-19 restrictions effective Friday, May 22, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.;
WHEREAS, this Phase 2 "moves North Carolina into a Safer At Home 'Phase 2' of easing certain COVID19 restrictions to help revive the economy while protecting public health" as Governor Cooper said; and
WHEREAS, on June 24, 2020 the Governor determined that it was in order to extend Phase 2 for an
additional three (3) weeks and issued Executive Order 147 ("EO147") which included new measures to
save lives in the COVID-19 pandemic effective Friday, June 26, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.;
WHEREAS, based on data trends in Buncombe County COVID-19 cases and their associated burdens and
this Board finds it in the best interest of the citizens and residents of Buncombe County to align with
NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority contained in Chapter 21, Buncombe County Code of
Ordinances and Article 1A of the N.C. Gen. Stat. Chapter 166A, the Board of Commissioners, do hereby
declare and order the following:
1. The Buncombe County Stay Safe – Stay Smart Superseding Declaration that went into effect on
Friday, May 22, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. will continue, as written, through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26,
2020, except as otherwise set forth.
2. Buncombe County hereby adopts EO147 as well as the "Frequently Asked Questions for Executive
Order No. 147" document dated June 24, 2020 issued by Governor Cooper's office effective at
5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2020. A copy of EO147 is attached hereto marked Attachment "A."
A copy of the Frequently Asked Questions for Executive Order No. 147 is attached hereto marked
Attachment "B." Attachments "A" and "B" are incorporated herein by reference is fully set forth.
3. Buncombe County rescinds its local restrictions pertaining to Leisure Travel Lodging and Booking
effective Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
4. Consistent with the Governor's Face Coverings request set forth in EO147, Section 3.5., B., 5.,
County employees are required to wear Face Coverings when they are or may be within six (6)
feet of another person on Buncombe County property. In addition, County employees must have
all customers wear Face Coverings when they are inside County buildings and may be within six
(6) feet of another person, unless the customer states that an exception applies.
5. The provisions of the March 12, 2020 Declaration of State of Emergency remain in effect.
6. By and with the consent of the mayors of the following named municipalities within Buncombe
County, this Extension of Phase 2: Easing of Certain COVID-19 Restrictions applies within the
municipal limits of the City of Asheville, the Town of Black Mountain, the Town of Woodfin, the
Town of Montreat, and the Town of Biltmore Forest.
7. If any subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this Order or any application of it to any
person, structure, gathering, or circumstance is held to be invalid or unconstitutional by a decision
of a court of competent jurisdiction, then such decision will not affect the validity of the remaining
portions or applications of this Order.
8. This order shall go into effect at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2020 and shall remain in effect until
5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2020 unless otherwise repealed, replaced, or rescinded.
COUNTY OF BUNCOMBE By: Lamar Joyner, Clerk Brownie Newman, Chairman