On March 12, Buncombe County declared a state of emergency in accordance with advice from scientific and medical experts about the potential danger of the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision was informed by our experts in the health and emergency services fields who understand we are balancing economic disruption and public safety. It was also an intentional strategy aimed at having our County in a strong position to begin transitioning to reopening efforts.
Buncombe County entered Phase 2 of its reopening plan on May, 22. Below is a copy of our Phased Reopening Guidance document in English and Spanish. In it, you will find the County’s guiding principles to reopening, a timeline of responses to COVID-19, what subsequent phases could look like, and more. Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we balance economic recovery and public safety.