April 3 Update

Mitchell County Commissioners amend Emergency Declaration:

The Mitchell County Board of Commissioners met in special session Thursday, April 2, to amend the State of Emergency proclamation initially adopted Monday, March 16, to include more restrictions on lodging, travel and mass gatherings as well as establish a countywide curfew in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, of which there are now two confirmed cases in Mitchell County.

The lodging amendment calls for all lodging facilities that are not COVID-19 essential businesses to close by 6 p.m. Monday, April 5, except for “minimum basic operations” as allowed by Gov. Cooper’s state of emergency proclamation.

Lodging facilities included in the amended proclamation include, but are not limited to, hotels, motels, resorts, inns, guest houses, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, RV parks, vacation cabins, all rentals by Airbnb, HomeAway, VRBO and other rental programs and all lodging or home rentals less than one month in duration.

The lodging amendment does allow for Toe River Health District Director Diane Creek to authorize a facility’s reopening if it is needed as an emergency facility to assist with COVID-19 response.

The proclamation was also amended to limit mass gatherings to no more than five people in a single room or space at the same time, excluding operations of retail businesses classified as essential businesses, medical facilities, necessary government operations, emergency operations and public transportation vehicles.

To learn more about the additional provisions, read the latest Mitchell Journal Article by clicking here.

United Community Bank offers a good Small Business Guide for the Corona Virus Emergency Loans. https://www.ucbi.com/…/decf…/Coronavirus_Emergency_Loans.pdf

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