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Our local communities, state, and nation are all anxious to reopen, while still doing everything they can to keep their residents and visitors safe. As travel picks up, it is important to have up-to-date information about local restrictions and travel requirements. This FAQ offers guidance about traveling within Buncombe County, between counties in North Carolina, and from state to state.
Is travel encouraged?
No. COVID-19 is still here and cases continue to increase. We are encouraging all residents to stay in their homes as much as possible, especially when sick, to reduce the impact of COVID-19 in our community.
Do I have to wear a face covering in North Carolina?
Yes. According to executive order 147, all North Carolinians and visitors to North Carolina are mandated to wear a face covering while in public spaces. Wearing a face covering is also required outside, when maintaining a distance of 6 feet between yourself and others is not possible. Exceptions to this rule include people with medical conditions that prevent covering the mouth and nose, children under 11, and people who are walking or exercising outside. Wearing a face covering is a simple, yet powerful way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keeps our residents and visitors safe. Click here to learn more about face coverings. Click here to learn more about the exceptions to this mandate.
Can I travel from North Carolina to another state?
Yes. All states are open to travelers but some states and counties may still have special requirement for visitors. Be sure to call the health department for the county in which you are visiting to make sure you understand their restrictions. You could also visit their website. If there is no special guidance, it is still important to wear a face covering, wash your hands, and practice physical distancing when out in public. If there is special guidance, make sure you fully understand it and plan ahead. Click here for general traveling tips and considerations during COVID-19.
Do I have to quarantine during my visit to North Carolina?
No. There is no national quarantine order at this time so inter-county and inter-state travel is allowed. Visitors to North Carolina and Buncombe County are required to wear a face covering in indoor and outdoor public spaces. We also ask that you follow all public health guidance by maintaining physical distancing, washing your hands regularly, and staying home if you are sick.
How do I know what businesses are open?
Call ahead to make sure the business you would like to visit is open to the public. While many businesses have decided to open up, many are still closed. Be sure to call ahead to confirm that they are open before making the trip.
Still have questions? Click here to contact the Buncombe County Convention and Visitors Bureau.