Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Henderson County Board Commissioners
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 28th 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 

Henderson County Restrictions
For possible cancellations or closures, due to Coronavirus precautions, please call the contact associated with the listing directly for current information. Click in the following links for updates regarding the Coronavirus precautions or restrictions in North Carolina.  For a list of closures & cancellations go to: https://www.visithendersonvillenc.org/latest-news/breaking-news

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)

North Carolina Coronavirus Restrictions
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)

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

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.
  • 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.
  • If you feel well, it is not necessary to wear a facemask. Facemasks are most effective when used by people who are already ill to prevent them from spreading viruses and other germs.