Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Take-Out Food Service
Click for a list of Hendersonville Restaurants offering take-out food service.

  • Phase 2 begins at 5:00 pm on Friday, May 22, 2020 and remains in place until September 4th at 5pm, unless changed or cancelled. Phase 2.5 begins at 5pm on Friday, September 4, 2020 and remains in place until October 2nd. The order does not change the following restrictions on restaurants. 
  • Allows restaurants to open for on-premises dining with limits on occupancy, specific requirements for disinfection of common spaces, and six feet between each group of customers sitting at each table.
  • For a list of Family Activities that are open (as of 9/16/20), go here.


Count On Me NC
The Count On Me NC program is a mutual pledge and public health initiative that empowers guests, residents and businesses to help keep everyone safe and protected. It is a free online course that businesses, citizens and travelers across North Carolina can participate in the training. The program was developed with the NC Department of Health and Human Services, that includes evidence-based practices on social distancing, employee health and sanitation to protect everyone. Once the course is completed, businesses are given a logo and sign they may display to show customers they are educated on cleaning protocols, following social distancing and health guidelines. Participating business are listed on the countonmenc.org web site, join the thousands of businesses featured on the site, including the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority.  This program is very valuable for people traveling, to be educated about safety protocols businesses use and if they are cleaning properly.  It also signifies that travelers coming into NC communities are well informed and following health guidelines.  For more information on the program go to https://countonmenc.org


North Carolina Coronavirus Restrictions

North Carolina Moves to Phase 3
Executive Order 169 begins Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. and continues for three weeks through October 23. Its new provisions include: 

  • Large outdoor venues with seating greater than 10,000 may operate with 7% occupancy for spectators. 
  • Smaller outdoor entertainment venues, like arenas or amphitheaters, may operate outdoors at 30% of outdoor capacity, or 100 guests, whichever is less. 
  • Movie theaters and conference centers may open indoor spaces to 30% of capacity, or 100 guests, whichever is less.
  • Bars may operate outdoors at 30% of outdoor capacity, or 100 guests, whichever is less. 
  • Amusement parks may open at 30% occupancy, outdoor attractions only. 
  • The limits on mass gatherings will remain at 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors. 
  • The 11pm curfew on alcohol sales for in-person consumption in locations such as restaurants and outdoor bars will be extended to Oct. 23.

    What remains the same under Phase 3

  • The Mass Gathering limit remains at 25 indoors and 50 outdoors. •Indoor seating areas in bars remain closed.
  • Indoor rides at amusement parks remain closed.
  • Fitness and exercise facilities remain open, subject to reduced capacity limits and other requirements.
  • Restaurants remain subject to capacity limits and other requirements for in-person dining.
  • Personal care businesses such as hair salons, nail salons, barber shops and more remain subject to capacity limits and other requirements.
  • Museums and aquariums remain open, subject to reduced capacity limits and other requirements.
  • Face coverings are still required in public when it is not possible to maintain social distancing from non-household members. In Phase 3, this requirement applies to any public place or business, indoor or outdoor.
  • Alcohol sales are still required to cease from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

 

September 4, 2020 – Governor Roy Cooper moves the state into Phase 2.5, starting on September 4, 2020 at 5 pm. This order remains in effective until October 2, 2020 at 5 pm. 

Phase 2.5 changes:

  • Mass gathering limits will be increased to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.
  • Playgrounds will be allowed to open. •Museums and aquariums can open at 50% capacity.
  • Fitness and competitive physical activity facilities can open at 30% capacity.
  • Bowling alleys and skating rinks are considered fitness facilities, they may open under the same capacity limits and rules as fitness facilities.
  • Masks will be required in public for anyone age 5 and older, instead of 11 and older.

What remains the same under Phase 2.5?

  • Bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, amusement parks, dance halls, and other entertainment facilities will remain closed.
  • Restaurants remain subject to capacity limits and other requirements for in-person dining.
  • Personal care businesses such as hair salons, nail salons, barber shops and more remain subject to capacity limits and other requirements.
  • Large venues remain subject to the mass gathering limits. •Wedding receptions and other private events remain subject to the mass gathering limits.
  • Face coverings are still required in public.

August 5, 2020 – The North Carolina Governor has extended Phase 2, which will remain in place until September 11, 2020, unless changed or cancelled.

July 14, 2020 – Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina will remain in Safer at Home Phase 2 until at least August 7, 2020.

June 24, 2020 – Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen announced that North Carolina will remain in Safer at Home Phase 2 until July 17, 2020.

North Carolina is also requiring face coverings when people are out in public starting on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 5 p.m..

  • People must wear face coverings when in public places, indoors or outdoors, where physical distancing of 6 feet from other people who aren’t in the same household or residence isn’t possible.
  • Faces are required for all employees and customers of retail businesses and restaurants as well as workers in manufacturing, construction, meat processing and agriculture settings.

There are exceptions include but are not limited to:

  • People with medical conditions
  • Children under 11
  • People who are at home
  • People who are walking or otherwise exercising outside when not within six feet of others

Phase 2 begins at 5:00 pm on Friday, May 22, 2020 and remains in place until June 26, 2020, unless changed or cancelled.

Lifts the Stay at Home Order and moves the state to a Safer at Home recommendations

  • Allows restaurants to open for on-premises dining with limits on occupancy, specific requirements for disinfection of common spaces, and six feet between each group of customers sitting at each table
  • Breweries, wineries, cideries, and distilleries are able to open under Phase 2. This is because these entities are principally engaged in the business of producing alcoholic beverages for commercial sale off-premises. Any open brewery, winery, cidery, or distillery must follow the requirements for restaurants under this executive order. Bars, which are defined in Executive Order 141 as “businesses that are principally engaged in the business of selling alcoholic beverages foronsite consumption,” are closed in Phase 2.
  • Allows child care businesses to open to serve all children, as long as they follow state health guidelines
  • Allows overnight camps to operate, following specific public health requirements and guidance
  • Allows personal care, grooming, massage, and tattoo businesses to open with specific requirements for disinfection of equipment, face coverings for the service providers, six feet of distance between customers, and at 50 percent reduced occupancy
  • Allows indoor and outdoor pools to open with 50percentreduced occupancy, following specific public health requirements.
  • Allows people to gather together for social purposes, so long as they do not exceed the mass gathering limit of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors
  • Allows sporting and entertainment events to occur in large venues for broadcast to the public, so long as the events occur in large venues and spectators are limited to the mass gathering limit of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors

The Phase 2 Executive Order does not change the following:

  • The Three Ws (Wear, Wait, Wash) should be practiced
  • Public playgrounds remain closed
  • Bars and nightclubs remain close. Bars, which are defined in Executive Order 141 as “businesses that are principally engaged in the business of selling alcoholic beverages foronsite consumption,” are closed in Phase 2.
  • Movie theaters, museums, bowling alleys, amusement parks, arcades, and skating rinks remain closed
  • Bingo parlors and other gaming establishments remain closed
  • Teleworking continues to be encouraged whenever possible
  • Visitation at long-term care facilities remains restricted, except for certain compassionate care situations

The following facilities that operate within an indoor space remain closed: spas, exercise facilities, gyms, fitness studios, martial arts facilities, dance studios, trampoline and rock-climbing facilities, roller skating rinks, ice staking rinks, and basketball courts.

For more details go to:  https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/Phase-2-FAQ.pdf

Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order No. 138 to modify North Carolina’s Stay At Home order and transition to Phase 1 of slowly easing certain COVID-19 restrictions. Certain businesses remain closed as the state continues battling COVID-19.

Effective Friday, May 8 at 5 pm
Phase1

  • Modify the Stay At Home order allow travel not currently defined as essential allowing people to leave home for commercial activity at any business that is allowed to be open, such as clothing stores, sporting goods stores, book shops, houseware stores and other retailers
  • Ensure that any open stores implement appropriate employee and consumer social distancing, enhanced hygiene and cleaning protocols, symptom screening of employees, accommodations for vulnerable workers, and provide education to employees and workers to combat misinformation
  • Continue to limit gatherings to no more than 10 people
  • Reopen parks that have been closed subject to the same gathering limitation. Outdoor exercise will continue to be encouraged
  • Continue to recommend face coverings in public spaces when 6 feet of distancing isn’t possible
  • Encourage employers to continue teleworking policies
  • Continue rigorous restrictions on nursing homes and other congregant care settings 
  • Local emergency orders with more restrictive measures may remain in place

May 5, 2020 – Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order No. 138 to modify North Carolina’s Stay At Home order and transition to Phase 1 of slowly easing certain COVID-19 restrictions effective Friday, May 8 at 5 pm. Certain businesses remain closed as the state continues battling COVID-19. To read the guidelines go to: https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/Phase-1-Side-by-Side.pdf

Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order Number 135, extending North Carolina’s Stay At Home order through May 8, 2020.

All bars and restaurants in North Carolina must limit operations to take-out and delivery only starting on March 17 at 5pm, as per an executive order from Governor Roy Cooper.

A list of Hendersonville restaurants offering carry-out food service is available on the Visitor Center website at:  https://www.visithendersonvillenc.org/carry-out-food (information is subject to change)

April 9, 2020 – Governor Roy Cooper took action to the address the spread of COVID-19 by issuing stronger social distancing requirements and speeding up the process to get benefits to people out of work through Executive Order No. 131. The mandate goes into effect at 5 pm on Monday, April 13th.

Three key areas are addressed in Executive Order 131. The first requires retail stores that are still operating to implement new social distancing policies to make shopping safer for customers and employees. The second makes earlier COVID-19 guidelines mandatory for nursing facilities, and recommends other long-term care facilities to do the same. The third area is unemployment benefits, issuing changes that will speed up certain benefit payments to those who are out of work.


POLICIES FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING IN RETAIL STORES
This Order offers clear requirements that essential businesses must implement in order to safeguard the health of customers and employees. Some of the directives include:

  • Setting limits of how many people can be in a store at one time, 5 people per 1,000 square feet of retail space or 20% of fire marshal posted occupancy limits
  • Marking 6 feet of distance for areas where people gather like checkout lines
  • Requiring specific cleaning measures for retail stores

The Order encourages:

  • Implementing hygiene recommendations for employees and customers, like hand sanitizer at the doors and face coverings for workers
  • Establishing designated shopping times designated for high-risk groups
  • Creating barriers between customers and employees at checkout to lower the risk of required interactions

Creating barriers between customers and employees at checkout to lower the risk of required interactions 

The Order states these requirements will last for thirty days unless extended by further executive action.


STREAMLINING UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE CLAIMS

The Order makes it easier for employers to file a batch of claims, called an attached claim, on behalf of their employees. By temporarily eliminating some of the hurdles for employers, benefits can get in the hands of those who need them faster. 

The Order will extend 60 days beyond the date the state of emergency is lifted to allow employers to get back on their feet.

Additionally, the Division of Employment Services issued informationon timing of federal benefits reaching North Carolinians today. 

Read the full Order.

Read questions and answers about specific items in the order.

Make sure the information you are getting about COVID-19 is coming directly from reliable sources like the CDC and NCDHHS. For more information, please visit the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and NCDHHS’ website at www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus, which includes daily updates on positive COVID-19 test results in North Carolina.

 

On March 27, 2020 Governor Roy Cooper issued a statewide Executive Order to Stay at Home, beginning Monday, March 30 at 5 p.m. until April 29, 2020. The Executive Order directs people to stay at home except to visit essential businesses, to exercise outdoors or to help a family member. Specifically, the order bans gatherings of more than 10 people and directs everyone to physically stay at least six feet apart from others. To learn more go to: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina

Certain businesses that have close social interaction are required to close by 5 p.m. March 25th, including:

  • Bingo Parlors, including Bingo sites operated by charitable organizations
  • Bowling Alleys
  • Indoor Exercise Facilities (e.g. gyms, yoga studios, martial arts facilities, indoor trampoline and rock-climbing facilities)
  • Health Clubs
  • Indoor Pools
  • Live Performance Venues
  • Movie Theaters
  • Skating Rinks
  • Spas
  • Sweepstakes Lounges
  • Video game arcades
  • Barber Shops
  • Beauty Salons (including waxing and hair removal centers)
  • Hair Salons
  • Nail Salons/Manicure/Pedicure Providers
  • Massage Parlors
  • Tattoo Parlors

N.C. Forest Service officials have temporarily closed DuPont State Recreational Forest and neighboring Holmes Educational State Forest effective at 10 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, restricting public access until further notice.  All trails, trailheads and forest facilities are closed until further notice. Parking areas, both designated and roadside, are barricaded in the interest of public safety.

The National Forests in North Carolina closed all campgrounds as of Monday, March 23, for the health and safety of visitors and staff. This includes all concessionaire operated campgrounds and all day-use areas associated with those campgrounds. Campgrounds will be closed until at least May 15, at which point they will be reevaluated.

For the latest North Carolina information on COVID-19 visit: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina

NCDHHS recommends everyone continue taking precautions to protect themselves and others from the spread of respiratory illnesses, which includes COVID-19.  https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina

 

Henderson County Board Commissioners

May 8, 2020
PROCLAMATION TERMINATING LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY

Pursuant to Article II of Chapter 76 of the Henderson County Code, the Board of Commissioners of Henderson County (the “Board”) hereby proclaims:

  1. On March 14, 2020, a Proclamation of State of Emergency for Henderson County (the “March 14 Proclamation”) regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID19”) was issued.
  2. On March 18, 2020, the March 14 Proclamation was ratified and affirmed by the Board of Commissioners.
  3. The March 14 Proclamation was supplemented by the Board on March 27, 2020.
  4. The March 14 Proclamation was amended and supplemented again by the Board on March 31, 2020.
  5. The Board has determined that there is not a continued need for a local state of emergency in light of the Governor’s continued proclamation of a state-wide state of emergency.
  6. The Board hereby terminates the March 14 Proclamation as supplemented and amended, and all of the restrictions and orders therein.  The sole remaining restrictions related to the COVID19 emergency are those imposed by the Governor.
  7. This proclamation is effective immediately.

The Henderson County Board Commissioners have issued a Supplemental Declaration to the March 14th Proclamation of Emergency for Henderson County that will go into effect on Saturday, March 28 at 12Noon. This declaration is meant to reduce the spread of COVID-19, by mandating that residents stay at home and practice social distancing. 

To read the Supplemental Proclamation of Emergency for Henderson County and other local information go to: https://www.hendersoncountync.gov

Find links to documents adopted by the Henderson County Board of Commissioners’ March 31, 2020.

  1. Resolution Adopting Resolution Adopting Special Rules of Procedure for Electronic Meetings
  2. Amended Supplemental Proclamation of Emergency for Henderson County and Order
  3. Second Supplemental Proclamation of Emergency and Order of the Henderson County Board of Commissioners
  4. Henderson County Department of Public Health Covid Order

 

Business Resources
The following links are great resources for small business educational opportunities, loans and financial assistance.

Centers for Disease Control Recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control considers people to be “high risk” if they are:

  • Adults over the age of 65
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease          
    • Diabetes           
    • Lung disease

Center for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html

As a reminder, here are some precautions from the CDC and NCDHHS, please follow these important recommendations:

  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Wear face coverings in public settings when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Those at high risk should avoid large groups of people as much as possible. This includes gatherings such as concert venues, conventions, church services, sporting events, and crowded social events. People at high risk should also avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. 
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw it away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands