Buncombe County orders residents to stay at home for two weeks

Deserted Haywood Street
NOTHING DOING: Haywood Street in downtown Asheville was deserted on March 19 as Buncombe County issued a declaration closing "gyms, fitness centers and exercise facilities, indoor pools, spas, movie theaters, live performance venues and arcades" until further notice. Photo by Cindy Kunst

A supplemental declaration issued by Buncombe County this afternoon ordered all individuals currently living within Buncombe County to stay at their place of residence. This order takes effect on Thursday, March 26 at 8 p.m. and will continue through Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 6 a.m.

The order allows many essential activities, including outdoor exercise, but closes non-essential businesses and requires that individuals in shared or outdoor spaces “must at all times as reasonably as possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence.” Additionally, religious and worship services are limited to video and telephonic gatherings, and elective medical procedures are prohibited.

Visitors from areas experiencing community transmission, such as New York, Washington and California are required to self-quarantine for 14-days in their residence before entering the community.

Failure to comply with this declaration is a Class 2 misdemeanor.

Official declaration from Buncombe County:

Buncombe County Declaration_ Stay_Home_Stay_Safe 3-25-2020 by Laura Hackett on Scribd



Buncombe County’s guide to Stay Home Stay Safe policies:


Stay Home Stay Safe Guidance by Laura Hackett on Scribd


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