Stay Home, Stay Safe Phase I

North Carolina is taking a three-phased approach – based on data from testing, tracing, and trends, and in consultation with members of the business community – to lift restrictions in place to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

At 5 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2020, North Carolina will move into Phase 1 of the plan. The Stay at Home Order remains in place with some modifications. Click the Phase One image for a larger view.

If you leave home, practice your W’s: Wear, Wait, Wash.

  • Wear a cloth face covering if you will be with other people
  • Wait 6 feet apart. Avoid close contact.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.

These actions can protect our families and neighbors as the state takes a cautious step forward to ease restrictions while the virus is still circulating. Stay strong and continue to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Public Health Flyers (pdf)

Shopping Guidance

General Guidance

Employee Health

Symptom Screening Checklist

Employee Screening Daily Log

Buncombe County and the City of Asheville are operating the Ready Team call center. The Ready Team can assist with business and general questions about COVID-19 and Buncombe County’s Stay Safe, Stay Home Order Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Call (828) 419-0095 or email

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