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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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April 8, 2020 4:48 PM

Buncombe County has updated the Stay Home Stay Safe Order today. Additional restrictions (hotel/motel/short term rentals- leisure travel now to cancel) while while other restrictions have been lessened (ex: church services are allowed in a drive in manner- in your car in the parking lot) Lawn care and landscaping, Auto sales, are now defined as essential business with some restrictions. Additional clarification on essential and non-essential businesses have been included. You are encouraged to call 828-419-0095 with any questions regarding the order. You may also reach them by email at The orders and additional guidance may be viewed in the link below.

Read order here.

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March 31, 2020 11:49 AM

Alderman Larry Harris serves on the Mission Hospital board and has sent the following video link for staff and citizens to view. The Mission Hospital Board Chair, Dr. John Garret encouraged this video be shared in our communities. We thank Alderman Harris for sharing this informational video with us. Please share with your families and anyone in our community. 

Click on this link to watch the video.  

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March 27, 2020 4:49 PM

Governor Roy Cooper has issued a state-wide Stay-At-Home Order. This order will go into effect on Monday. ** Buncombe County Residents will continue to observe the provisions of the Buncombe County Stay-Home Stay-Safe order. Per Governor Cooper, whichever order is more stringent is which will be applicable to you. This information was just released. More information will become available as staff and attorney's interpret it.

The Governor’s full order is available by clicking here:

Unless noted in the order, previous closures and orders stand as written as do local government orders in cities and counties. Frequently Asked Questions about the Order can be found :

If you do not think your business is included in the essential services list, and you think it should be, you may apply online at the NC Department of Revenue to be designated essential by clicking here:
Until your exemption is reviewed, you may operate as long as your business can accommodate social distancing in your workplace.- Check with the County Order First!

For more information about health recommendations and who is designated at high risk for becoming seriously ill, please visit the CDC’s website at and NCDHHS’ website at

View the Order Here