Buncombe County issues ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ order, which applies to Asheville residents



In light of the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order issued by Buncombe County today, the City of Asheville would like to take a moment to clarify how the various State-, County- and City-level States of Emergency impact its citizens.


On March 12, when the City of Asheville first declared a State of Emergency in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, it expressly consented to having the terms of Buncombe County’s State of Emergency apply within the City’s jurisdiction. What this means for City residents is that they are required to comply with the terms of both the County- and City-issued States of Emergency. This includes the County’s Stay Home-Stay Safe Order.


In addition, residents must comply with any and all directives issued by the State of North Carolina pursuant to its declared State of Emergency. 


Here are links to the order and related guidance:

Stay Home Stay Safe ORDER

Stay Home Stay Safe GUIDANCE


This is an evolving situation and information is often changing. For resources on prevention best practices and news updates, visit Buncombe Ready. Additional County guidance is posted on the Buncombe County Health & Human Services website. Information regarding the steps that the State is taking to address the spread of COVID-19 may be found on the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website.

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