Buncombe County Orders Residents to Stay at Home for Two Weeks

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, Buncombe County has issued a “Stay Home – Stay Safe” declaration ordering all residents of the county to stay in their homes.

The declaration that goes into effect Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 8:00 pm, and it is valid through Thursday, April 9, 2020, at 6:00 am, but will be regularly reviewed and evaluated which may lead to revision, amendment, or extension.

The intent of this supplemental declaration is to further minimize all opportunities for exposure and transmission of COVID-19 across the jurisdiction. This declaration directs all Buncombe County residents to “Stay Home – Stay Safe” and to limit movements outside of their homes that are not deemed essential.


Buncombe County has issued a stay at home guidance document that is intended to assist the public’s understanding and interpretation of the declaration. It summarizes what Buncombe County citizens can do and should not do. It draws distinction between essential and non-essential travel.  It defines and summarizes what businesses are deemed essential vs. non-essential. It attempts to answer some Frequently Asked Questions.

Visit the Buncombe County website for additional updates and the latest COVID-19 associated news.

Prepared by Buncombe County.