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Asheville Water Resources employees serving vital roles during COVID-19 health emergency

  Water Production and Maintenance staff continue their work during  this pandemic to ensure safe water supply. The City of Asheville is following CDC, state and Buncombe Health Department guidelines in all of our operations. The health and safety of our communities and employees is our highest priority.   Here’s a look behind the scenes of Water Production [...]

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City of Asheville provides hand washing stations to help reduce spread of COVID-19 

  With the COVID-19 public health emergency going on it has never been more important to be able to wash your hands. Besides keeping 6 feet of distance between yourself and others, hand washing and sanitation have been identified as important measures in reducing the spread of contagion. Portable hand washing station on the sidewalk by Pritchard [...]

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City of Asheville issues protocols for inspections during State of Emergency

  The City of Asheville is modifying its operations until further notice to protect residents and City staff while minimizing the spread of COVID-19 in our community.   The Development Services Department (DSD) requests that contractors maintain a clean and safe environment for City staff so we may continue to provide inspection services. Please follow CDC guidelines (

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City of Asheville parks close as part of Stay Home, Stay Safe declaration

    In compliance with the Stay Home, Stay Safe declaration issued by Buncombe County on March 25, effective immediately all City of Asheville parks, including dog parks, playgrounds, and outdoor courts, are closed until further notice.  Failure to comply with the Buncombe County Stay Home/Stay Safe declaration is punishable as a Class [...]

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City of Asheville eases restrictions on food trucks and temporary signage 

  The City of Asheville is taking steps to increase access to safe dining options during the course of this COVID-19 public health emergency. To do so, on March 24, Mayor Esther Manheimer amended the City’s State of Emergency declaration to exempt food trucks and restaurants from certain portions of the City’s Unified Development Ordinance. These [...]

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 [...]

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Asheville Police Department modifying patrol response procedures to minimize spread of COVID-19

    The Asheville Police Department (APD) remains dedicated to providing the highest level of public safety to everyone in Asheville. In an effort to protect those who are at risk, minimize the spread of COVID-19, and to maintain the health and safety of APD officers and personnel, APD is implementing several procedural changes effective immediately. All non-emergency [...]

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Asheville Rides Transit implements 10-person maximum per bus 

  Important changes: 10-person maximum per bus to go into effect March 25. More buses added to busiest routes to accommodate this need. Route 170 will not run 7:30 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. trips (these buses will be reassigned to peak-hour busiest routes.   In order to follow the guidelines in Asheville’s State of Emergency proclamation limiting [...]

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Asheville Police to close its buildings to public to promote COVID-19 social distancing measures 

  In an effort to ensure the highest safety for our police officers and Asheville Police Department (APD) personnel, as well as decrease the chances for the spread of COVID-19 within our community, all APD buildings, including the Municipal Building and all district resource centers, will close to the public effective immediately.    This action is aligned with [...]

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Asheville City Council meeting to be held following CDC, state and local guidelines

    Top priority is to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and avoid overwhelming our healthcare network   As the City of Asheville continues to work through the COVID-19 public health emergency,  we want to make our residents aware of our modified operations, especially regarding how they can participate in their City government.   Taking into consideration CDC, N.C. Department of Health [...]

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Asheville modifies Sanitation schedule to keep collections going and help protect our staff from COVID-19  

    During the COVID-19 public health emergency, the City of Asheville has maintained our essential services in police, fire, transit, water — and sanitation. We are proud to have been able to continue our trash and recycling collections during this difficult time in which everyone has to maintain social distancing to help prevent spread of the [...]

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Asheville installs social distancing measures on ART buses during COVID-19 public health emergency

  City also suspends on-street parking enforcement, opens garages for free   During this COVID-19 public health emergency, the City of Asheville is working to increase the safety and security of our community, which is always a top priority.  One of those ways is through encouraging social distancing.    Toward that end, the City’s ART bus service is putting a system [...]