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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:

November 25, 2020 2:52 PM

Buncombe County and all of its municipalities will adopt Executive Order 180, which extends Executive Order 176 while also tightening mask requirements and enforcement.

Under Executive Order 180, current precautions will remain in place, but amended provisions include:

Face coverings must be worn outdoors if it is not possible to maintain a consistent physical distance of at least 6 feet from non-household members.
Face Coverings must be worn in any public indoor space even when maintaining 6 feet of distance. Including, but not limited to:
Gyms - even when exercising
All schools - public and private
All public or private transportation when travelling with people outside of the household
Large retail businesses with more than 15,000 square feet must have an employee stationed near entrances to enforce mask wearing and implement occupancy limits.
If you have any questions about this new order, please reach out to our Ready Team Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Call (828) 419-0095 or email ready@buncombecounty.org.

Buncombe County Emergency Declaration: https://www.buncombecounty.org/common/_RTE/file/Joint-Declaration-11-25-20.pdf

Phase 3 Extension FAQs: https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO-180-FAQ.pdf

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November 23, 2020 3:01 PM

Today, Governor Roy Cooper issued additional COVID-19 safety measures to tighten mask requirements and enforcement as cases continue to rise rapidly in North Carolina and across the country. Executive Order No. 180 goes into effect on Wednesday, November 25 and runs through Friday, December 11.

In addition to extending Phase 3 capacity limits and safety requirements, the Order tightens the existing statewide mask requirement – making it clear that everyone needs to wear a mask whenever they are with someone who is not from the same household. The Order also adds the mask requirement to several additional settings including any public indoor space even when maintaining 6 feet of distance; gyms even when exercising; all schools public and private; and all public or private transportation when travelling with people outside of the household.

The Order also requires large retail businesses with more than 15,000 square feet to have an employee stationed near entrances ensuring mask wearing and implementing occupancy limits for patrons who enter.

Executive Order 180: https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO180-Face-Coverings-Requirements.pdf

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 nc211.org/hope. 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.