The Town is updating this page regularly for all information related to COVID-19 in Buncombe County and Biltmore Forest. Staff will do our best to update this information on a daily basis and provide links to updates. When there is no date listed, that means there is no formal update for the day.
County Extends & Amends Stay Home, Stay Safe Order
Buncombe County issued an extension of its original Stay Home, Stay Safe Order effective Thursday, April 9th at 6am. This extension does not have an expiration date but will be reviewed and amended or lifted as necessitated by changing events. A specific allowance that was created directly through this extension is that landscapers are now specifically allowed to work, provided they maintain all required social distancing and other guidelines. For more information on the extended order and the interpretive guidance, please review the two links below.
Buncombe County Order Extension & Amendment
Buncombe County Interpretive Guidance
Burn Ban Issued for 32 Western North Carolina Counties
The North Carolina Forest Service issued a burn ban, effective 5pm on April 3, 2020, for the 32 westernmost counties in North Carolina. The burn ban was issued due to the spring wildfire season and its confluence with the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information regarding this ban and a list of frequently asked questions, please review this link:
Wednesday, March 30
Biltmore Forest Police Department Launches Resident Reassurance Program
The program is geared toward seniors and people with disabilities that live alone or just want some added security knowing someone is checking on them everyday. This is an important resource at any time, but now during the days of social distancing, it is even more important for those who may be alone to feel connected. We urge any resident who knows of anyone that may need assistance or just needs to be checked on to contact the Police Department at (828) 274-0822.
Wednesday, March 25
Buncombe County Amends Local State of Emergency
Stay Home-Stay Safe Effective 8pm, March 26
Buncombe County has issued a "Stay Home - Stay Safe" supplemental declaration that goes into effect Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 8pm. The declaration directs all Buncombe County residents, including Biltmore Forest and all municipality citizens, to limit movements outside of their homes not deemed essential. The declaration is valid through Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 6am.
Interpretive guidance for this supplemental order can be found by clicking this link. This file, and the following information from Buncombe County's website, should be used to guide questions regarding what individuals can and cannot do, and what is essential versus non-essential.
For the Most Up to Date Information
All visitors to this page should subscribe to Buncombe County's alert system by texting BCAlert on your smartphone to 888-777. This will provide the most up to date information as released by Buncombe County's Dept. of Health and Human Services and Buncombe County. For all daily information, please visit BC Ready on coronavirus preparedness and response in Buncombe County.
Town Specific Information Related to COVID-19 Response and Preparedeness
Effective March 17, 2020, all Town buildings are closed to the public as a precautionary measure to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. All essential services, such as police, sanitation and recycling, and water service, will continue as normal. Please review this release for more information.
Effective March 12, the Board of Commissioners cancelled all meetings of advisory boards for thirty (30) days. Where applicable, some boards may review items electronically. By state law, the Board of Adjustment is not able to meet virtually or electronically. The Town is currently performing tests to consider how to conduct regular Board of Commissioner meetings virtually.