Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes ofwebsite accessibility
MENU

Buncombe County extends indoor mask requirement through Nov. 30 for public spaces

Buncombe County mask mandate extended until next month
FILE - Buncombe County, North Carolina, mask mandate. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners have extended the county-wide face-covering requirement for all indoor public spaces through Nov. 30, 2021. The indoor mask requirement also extends to Asheville, Black Mountain, Montreat, Weaverville, Woodfin and Biltmore Forest.

11 COVID-19 CASES AT BUNCOMBE COUNTY SCHOOL MAKE UP LATEST CLUSTER

In Buncombe County, COVID-19 case rates continue to be high, and per the CDC definition, the County remains an area of high transmission. The percent positivity remains in the moderate category, and the death rate remains in the substantial category.

“Vaccine eligibility for 5- to 11-year-olds is expected by the first week in November,” said Public Health Director Stacie Saunders. “Face coverings provide an added layer of protection and by extending the indoor face-covering requirement through Nov. 30, we are helping to potentially protect these children during the vaccination process.”

MODERNA, JOHNSON & JOHNSON COVID BOOSTER SHOTS NOW AVAILABLE IN BUNCOMBE COUNTY

“While we have been experiencing a decline in our case rate, which is really encouraging to see, it doesn’t negate the fact that we’re still in a high level of cases and transmission," Saunders added.

Free COVID-19 vaccines are available to anyone 12 and older at Buncombe County Health and Human Services by appointment or walk-in between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 40 Coxe Ave., Asheville. No ID is required. Learn more at www.buncombeready.org.

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER