Board of Commissioners allow indoor face covering requirement to expire

Press release from Buncombe County Government:

At its Feb. 15 regular meeting, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners moved to allow the indoor face covering requirement to expire at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 16. While face coverings in public indoor spaces are no longer required, public health officials strongly recommend them in crowded indoor spaces.

Even as the requirement expires, businesses and organizations may continue to require face coverings. Determinations about face coverings for schools will be made by the local Boards of Education. The Buncombe County Courthouse will continue to require face coverings. A federal mask requirement for public transportation remains in place through March 18, 2022.

At the following Buncombe County Government facilities, face coverings will continue to be required until further notice:

  • All public-facing Health and Human Services operations, including those at 40 Coxe Ave. and 35 Woodfin and the Family Justice Center
  • The Buncombe County Detention Center

All other Buncombe County Government facilities will strongly recommend face coverings.

Free vaccines for anyone 5 and older continue to be available at Buncombe County Health and Human Services, 40 Coxe Ave., Asheville between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. No appointment is needed. For a full list of vaccine providers in North Carolina, visit

To stay up to date about future developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic as well as other County operations, text “BCAlert” to 99411 or clickhere.

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