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In response to COVID surge, Buncombe, Asheville, Montreat tighten up restrictions to slow the spread
Friday, 01 January 2021 14:34

From Staff Reports

Officials from Buncombe County, the City of Asheville and the Town of Montreat announced on Dec. 23 that they will move to add more stringent measures in an effort to slow the rate of coronavirus transmission.

The action immediately followed a dire update on the ever-increasing spread of COVID-19 in Buncombe County by county Health Public Health Director Stacie Saunders. (A story on her address is atop this page.)

Specifically, the new local order, which was signed on Dec. 23, reduces the capacity for indoor dining in restaurants from 50 percent of stated fire capacity to 30 percent.

Also, the new local order lowers the number for an indoor mass gathering for social gatherings with individuals from outside one’s household from 10 persons to two persons. The new local restrictions will become effective at 5 p.m. Jan. 2, 2021.

The order stated that the new restrictions follow research from “the Center for Disease Controls (which) has found that eating and drinking on-site at locations that offer such options is an important risk factor associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection, and adults with confirmed COVID-19 were approximately twice as likely to have reported dining at a restaurant in the 14 days before becoming ill.”



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