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March 12, 2020 2:18 PM

State of Emergency Declaration/COVID-19

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.

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:

May 19, 2021 10:14 AM

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:

  • Schools
  • 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

Prior Updates

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January 8, 2021 9:19 AM

Buncombe County residents age 75 years and older can now register for COVID-19 vaccinations online. The online registration offers opportunities to register for COVID-19 immunization appointments.

While it is uncertain the total number or type of vaccines Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BCHHS) will receive from the state each week, a minimum of 500 appointments per week will be scheduled, with additional appointments added when BCHHS receives confirmation of state allotment of vaccines.

Appointments for Buncombe County residents age 75 years and older can also be made by calling 828-250-5000 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. To help residents stay safe at home and prevent the spread of COVID-19, there is no in-person appointment scheduling.

Residents 75 and older can register for vaccinations online at Anyone can register for COVID-19 testing at

January 7, 2021 9:48 AM

COVID-19 Vaccination Update: Buncombe County residents 75 & older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines through Public Health starting Monday, Jan. 11. People who fall into Phase 1B (those 75 and over) can call Buncombe County Health & Human Services starting Thursday, Jan. 7, 2020 to schedule their COVID-19 immunization. Call (828) 250-5000, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. As long as vaccine supply is available, appointments will be available for this population.