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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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June 25, 2020 5:23 PM

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
COUNTY OF BUNCOMBE
SUPERSEDING DECLARATION OF
LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY
June 25, 2020
EXTENSION OF PHASE 2: EASING OF CERTAIN COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
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
EO147.
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.
ATTEST: BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS FOR THE
COUNTY OF BUNCOMBE By: Lamar Joyner, Clerk Brownie Newman, Chairman

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May 22, 2020 4:23 PM

Buncombe County - Phase 2- Stay Safe - Stay Smart- Easing of Certain COVID-19 Restrictions Order has been approved. Please read the order in its entirety. ** (10) The Town of Black Mountain will not mandate face coverings/masks but we do encourage the public to do so for their safety and the safety of others.
STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
COUNTY OF BUNCOMBE

SUPERSEDING DECLARATION OF
LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY

May 22, 2020

STAY SAFE - STAY SMART
PHASE 2: EASING OF CERTAIN COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS


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 COVID-19 restrictions to help revive the economy while protecting public health" as Governor Cooper said; and

WHEREAS, data indicate 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 EO141.

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 Home – Stay Safe Superseding Declaration that went into effect on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. will continue, as written, through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 22, 2020.

2. Except as otherwise set forth herein, Buncombe County hereby adopts EO141 as well as the "Frequently Asked Questions for Executive Order No. 141" document dated May 20, 2020 issued by Governor Cooper's office effective at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 22, 2020. A copy of EO141 is attached hereto marked Attachment "A." A copy of the Frequently Asked Questions for Executive Order No. 141 is attached hereto marked Attachment "B." Attachments "A" and "B" are incorporated herein by reference is fully set forth.

3. Buncombe County has authority in accordance with Section 10 of EO141 and Section 8, Local Orders, of EO138, to impose greater restrictions or prohibitions to the extent authorized by North Carolina law. Accordingly, notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in EO141 and the Frequently Asked Questions for Executive Order No. 141 as contained in Attachments "A" and "B" further restrictions are imposed in Buncombe County as follows:

a. Leisure Travel Lodging and Booking

i. Hotels and motels, Bed and Breakfasts, short-term rentals less than 30 days, homestays and campgrounds may book and schedule leisure travel reservations.
ii. The occupancy of lodging establishments with lodging capacities of greater than 10 units is limited to 50%. Establishments with capacities of 10 units or less may book to 100% occupancy.
iii. All lodging establishments must wait 24 hours after a room becomes vacant before beginning cleaning and disinfection.
iv. Cleaning of rooms after a stay must comply with the guidance outlined in EO141.

4. Organized sporting activities at Buncombe County Facilities are not permitted.

5. Food service establishments shall not allow self-service to customers. Only wait staff and food service staff following screening and sanitation requirements as set forth in EO141 may serve food and beverages to customers.

6. A Face Covering as defined in EO141 must be worn by all persons twelve (12) years of age and older in all indoor public commercial facilities, including libraries, and public transit, provided, however, that any person without a face covering will not be prevented from riding public transit. This provision applies in retail establishments, businesses and restaurants and will go into effect at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

This provision does not apply in the following places or situations:

(i) while dining in any restaurant;
(ii) for reasons related to any individual's medical condition, disability or religious beliefs;
(iii) in private offices;
(iv) in areas of retail establishments, businesses and restaurants that are not open to the public;
(v) when complying with directions of law enforcement officers;
(vi) during any worship, religious, and spiritual gatherings, funeral ceremonies, wedding ceremonies and other activities constituting the exercise of First Amendment rights;
(vii) in settings where it is not practical or feasible to wear a face covering when obtaining or rendering goods or services.

7. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the restrictions as set forth above do not apply to any lodging facility being used by Buncombe County, the City of Asheville or their Emergency Operation partners for Isolation and Quarantine housing or other COVID-19 related housing purposes.

8. The provisions of the March 12, 2020 Declaration of State of Emergency remain in effect.

9. By and with the consent of the mayors of the following named municipalities within Buncombe County, this Stay Safe - Stay Smart Phase 2: Easing of Certain COVID-19 Restrictions applies within the municipal limits of the City of Asheville, the Town of Woodfin, the Town of Black Mountain, the Town of Montreat, and the Town of Biltmore Forest.

10. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the restrictions set forth in Paragraph 6 above related to the mandatory use of Face Covering in indoor public places does not apply in the Town of Woodfin, Town of Black Mountain, the Town of Montreat, and the Town of Biltmore Forest.

11. 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.

12. Failure to use Face Covering in any indoor public commercial facilities, including libraries, and public transit, shall not constitute a criminal offense.

13. Except as set forth above related to Face Coverings, failure to comply with this declaration is a Class 2 misdemeanor pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. Section 14-288.20A by and through N.C. Gen. Stat. 166A-19.31.

14. Except as to Paragraph 6 above related to the mandatory use of Face Covering in indoor public places, this Stay Safe - Stay Smart Phase 2: Easing of Certain COVID-19 Restrictions shall go into effect at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 22, 2020.

15. This order shall remain in effect until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2020 unless otherwise repealed, replaced, or rescinded.


ATTEST: BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS FOR THE
COUNTY OF BUNCOMBE


By:
Lamar Joyner, Clerk Brownie Newman, Chairman

May 8, 2020 4:44 PM

May 8, 2020- Update regarding lodging and leisure travel bookings- BUNCOMBE COUNTY
Following the new guidance issued by the State with the issuance of Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 138, Buncombe County has issued a superseding Stay Home, Stay Safe Declaration that will go into effect at 5:00 p.m. on Friday May 8, 2020 and will remain in effect until Friday, May 22, 2020 unless otherwise repealed, replaced, or rescinded and transitional to Phase I of slowly easing certain COVID-19 restrictions.

This order aligns us with Governor Cooper's executive order with the sole exception of a continued restriction on Leisure Travel Booking. Buncombe County continues to restrict leisure travel bookings from outside of WNC. Lodging providers can now book rooms for residents of the 828 area code for leisure travel. We will be adopting the Governor's Order together with his FAQ document specific to Executive Order 138.
If you have any questions about this new order, please reach out to our Ready Team Monday-Friday between 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Call (828) 419-0095 or email ready@buncombecounty.org.


For more information please visit www.townofblackmountain.org, click on Residents/State of Emergency COVID-19 page where you may view orders and additional resources.
Also please visit the CountyCenter for additional information and to view updates online https://www.buncombecounty.org/countycenter/news-detail.aspx?id=18543

https://www.buncombecounty.org/countycenter/news-detail.aspx?id=18543