Governor Cooper announced that North Carolina will relax some COVID-19 restrictions. Executive Order No. 204 will take effect March 26 at 5 pm is set to expire April 30 at 5 pm. The state’s general mask mandate remains in effect. Executive Order No. 204 has three general categories of occupancy restrictions: up to 100 percent capacity, 75 percent capacity, and 50 percent capacity. All businesses must continue to maintain the 6 feet of distance requirement between patrons and implement other safety protocols as they expand their capacity.
Executive Order No. 204 will also increase mass gathering limits. The number of people who may gather indoors will increase from 25 to 50 and the number of people who may gather outdoors will increase from 50 to 100. This Order also fully lifts the restriction on the late-night sale and service of alcoholic beverages on bars, restaurants, and other establishments. For more information from the NCDHHS click here.
Orders and directives issued in response to the COVID-19 can be found here.
April 7, 2021 marks the opening of vaccine eligibility for Group 5. This means anyone 16 years and older who wants a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination is eligible to get one. View the NCDHHS Dashboard.
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Buncombe County will be using an emergency notification system to let people know when COVID vaccine appointments are available. Text BCALERT on your smart phone to 888-777 to receive alerts.
Visit the Find My Testing Place website to find a clinic or pop up testing site near you.
Buncombe County Health & Human Services has launched a COVID-19 wait list for individuals in eligible phases of the state’s vaccination priority list. Individuals can sign up for the wait list by going to their website. As vaccines are received from the state, representatives from the Ready Team will contact individuals on the wait list via phone and email to schedule their appointments.
Vaccine supplies remain much lower than demand, so wait list opportunities are only available at this time to those active groups identified by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). As new phases become active, those wait lists will be opened up.
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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