Stay home no longer just a recommendation in Buncombe County

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Many people and businesses prepared Wednesday for Buncombe County’s Stay Home, Stay Safe declaration, set to go into effect at 8 p.m. Thursday. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Many people and businesses prepared for Buncombe County’s Stay Home, Stay Safe declaration on Wednesday.

Most people said they agreed with the order, set to go into effect at 8 p.m. Thursday, but they said it’s hard because it could lead to more people losing their jobs.

People stocked up on more groceries after the order was announced.

“We won’t be hoarding, but we’ll be getting what we need,” one man said.

Some people said they were uncertain of what this order will mean.

“I don’t know if that’s a good idea or not. I really don’t,” another man said.

Grocery stores along with other essential businesses like pharmacies and restaurants with take-out are some of the only things that will remain open.

“If you have to keep people safe, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do,” one shopper said.

It leaves places like Musician’s Workshop looking for another option.

“The sales guys and the guitar repair guys are probably going to stop, get laid off because probably can’t have anybody come in the store anymore,” said Frank Dosier, the store’s owner for more than four decades.

He said they’d been obsessive about cleaning for the last few weeks. They even made their own guitar sanitizing solution to use after people touched the instruments.

With this new order, they have to change their plan again.

“We’ve been through recessions. I was taught how to handle recessions, and the '08 recession was worse because it took years to get out of it. And now this is way worse than anything,” Dosier said.

Dosier said they hope to fall back on their video installation service.

“We want to be able to still do our video streaming services and install those in the churches that are expecting us to come out and do it,” Dosier said.

Asheville police sent News 13 this statement:

The Asheville Police Department recognizes and understands that this is a very confusing and difficult time for everyone in our community. However, in a further effort to protect those at high risk, and to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community, APD is strongly encouraging everyone to comply with Buncombe County's Stay Safe-Stay Home order. It is not our intent to criminalize those who do not comply, but rather educate individuals on the intent of the order with a warning or advisement. However, if the behavior persists APD will consider the use of citations to gain compliance."

Buncombe County officials have started a donation fund called One Buncombe. People can donate to it to help people who’ve lost their jobs and small businesses who’ve been impacted.