November 25, 2020 Update
With the drastic increase in COVID-19 cases, more restrictive face mask were added with Executive Order 180. It goes into effect on Wednesday, Nov. 25 through Friday, Dec. 11, unless repealed, replaced or rescinded by another applicable executive order. Face coverings are now required in all indoor settings, even if you are socially distanced. They are required in all public outdoor areas if you cannot maintain 6 feet from others. In restaurants, guests are required to wear face coverings at their table unless they are actively eating or drinking. Read more.
September 30, 2020 Update
Governor Cooper announced starting on Friday, October 2nd at 5 PM, North Carolina will move to Phase 3. with easing of many COVID-19 restrictions. Vacation rentals are open for booking. Sugar Mountain’s ski resort is open. Restaurants and other businesses are open with restrictions and limited capacity. Face masks are required inside – plus outside if you are within 6 feet of others.
Here are more details from the Governor’s office:
It is important to stay home if you are sick. While in public, people should wear a cloth face covering, practice social distancing by waiting 6 feet apart from others while in public and wash their hands or use hand sanitizer. High-risk individuals are urged to stay at home and travel only for absolutely essential purposes. The CDC defines high-risk individuals as:
- People 65 years or older
- People of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions, including people who are immunocompromised or who have chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis or liver disease
North Carolina is taking a multi-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 and save lives.
Here are some of the key points:
- Large outdoor venues with seating greater than 10,000 may operate with 7% occupancy for spectators.
- Smaller outdoor entertainment venues, like arenas or amphitheaters, may operate outdoors at 30% of outdoor capacity, or 100 guests, whichever is less.
- Movie theaters and conference centers may open indoor spaces to 30% of capacity, or 100 guests, whichever is less.
- Bars may operate outdoors at 30% of outdoor capacity, or 100 guests, whichever is less.
- Amusement parks may open at 30% occupancy, outdoor attractions only.
- The limits on mass gatherings will remain at 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.
- The 11 pm curfew on alcohol sales for in-person consumption in locations such as restaurants and outdoor bars will be extended to October 23.
- Most attractions like Grandfather Mountain, whitewater rafting, zip lines and golf are open.
- Fitness and competitive physical activity facilities open at 30% capacity.
- Restaurants at 50% capacity limits and other requirements for in-person dining.
- Personal care businesses, such as hair salons, nail salons, barber shops and more remain subject to capacity limits and other requirements.
To help plan your trip, see our Social Distancing Things to Do at Sugar Mountain.