May 22, 2020 Update
Sugar Mountain and Avery County are now in a Safer At Home “Phase 2” with easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Vacation rentals are open for booking your vacation. Our golf course, tennis courts and Sugar Mountain Resort Bike Park are open. Restaurants and other businesses are reopening with restrictions. 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
This Phase 2 Executive Order does the following:
- Lifts the Stay at Home Order and moves the state to a Safer at Home recommendation
- Allows restaurants to open for on-premises dining with limits on occupancy, specific requirements for disinfection of common spaces and 6 feet between each group of customers sitting at each table
- Allows child care businesses to open to serve all children, as long as they follow state health guidelines
- Allows overnight camps to operate, following specific public health requirements and guidance. Allows personal care, grooming, massage and tattoo businesses to open with specific requirements for disinfection of equipment, face coverings for the service providers, 6 feet of distance between customers and at 50% reduced occupancy
- Allows indoor and outdoor pools to open with 50% reduced occupancy, following specific public health requirements
- Allows people to gather together for social purposes, so long as they do not exceed the mass gathering limit of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors
- Allows sporting and entertainment events to occur in large venues for broadcast to the public, so long as the events occur in large venues and spectators are limited to the mass gathering limit of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors
This Phase 2 Executive Order does not change the following:
- The Three Ws (wear, wait, wash) should be practiced.
- Public playgrounds remain closed.
- Bars and nightclubs remain closed.
- Movie theaters, museums, bowling alleys, amusement parks, arcades and skating rinks remain closed.
- Bingo parlors and other gaming establishments remain closed.
- Teleworking continues to be encouraged whenever possible.
- Visitation at long-term care facilities remains restricted, except for certain compassionate care situations.
- The following facilities that operate within an indoor space remain closed: spas, exercise facilities, gyms, fitness studios, martial arts facilities, dance studios, trampoline and rock-climbing facilities, roller skating rinks, ice staking rinks and basketball courts.