COVID-19 Updates & Resources
(Updated September 3, 2020, 5:00 pm) In this time of uncertainty, preservation of the safety, health, and wellbeing of our communities is a priority for us all. We are in constant communication with our local and state officials, and are working to provide the most updated local information about the current response to the COVID-19 health crisis. Remember: if you leave home, know your Ws!
If you plan to visit, please see our Basics on Phased Reopening page. We hope this will answer any questions you might have about enjoying time in Blowing Rock. There is also information about lodging, restaurants, retail, and local response below.
We encourage everyone to support small businesses safely! Locally owned small businesses are the heart of our town, and many travel destinations we all love. Even if you aren’t traveling right now, you can show support. If you’re able, buy a voucher from your favorite hotel, order something from a boutique’s online store, or get a gift card from a restaurant. You can also leave a review, post a photo from the last time you visited, or make a recommendation to a friend. No gesture is too small.
Starting on May 22, lodging businesses in Blowing Rock may re-open for leisure stays. This means that you can enjoy a stay at your favorite Blowing Rock hotel, inn, or rental starting Memorial Day weekend. All our lodging businesses have been diligently cleaning and preparing for the return of our visitors, and many have used the closure time to make improvements to their property.
As of May 22, NC restaurants may offer in-house dining service at 50% capacity. Our restaurants appreciate your patience as we all adjust to changes in seating availability and the dining experience. Takeout and delivery is still encouraged as social distancing remains important. It’s best to call ahead to confirm hours and services, and make reservations if possible.
As of May 9, many retailers reopened in Blowing Rock, as Phase 1 of the NC reopening plan began. As we continue into Phase 2, they will still be required to limit capacity to ensure proper social distancing. Even if you aren’t visiting, you can still support your favorite shops and services! Click below to see those offering online shopping and/or gift cards.
For the current combined list of local business shop hours, plus closures, follow this link:
Giving and Receiving Help
As closures and economic changes take their toll on local businesses and residents, regional assistance organizations are gearing up to provide more help. We have been so humbled and moved by the strength of our local community, and the openness with which its members have offered help and support to each other.
The Rock United Relief Fund has been set up by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce to help our small businesses weather this crisis. Find out how to apply for a grant or to contribute here!
Follow this link to find resources, or to find ways to get involved.
The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of resources for all types of local businesses.
Click here for small business financing and crisis relief information.
In North Carolina, Phase 2.5 of the re-opening plan begins on September 4. Governor Roy Cooper lifted the Stay At Home Order, which was replaced by a Safer at Home recommendation. As of June 26, people are required to wear face coverings in public spaces, whether inside or outside, where physical distancing of six feet is not possible. As of July 31, 2020, the sale of alcoholic drinks in restaurants, breweries, wineries, and distilleries must stop at 11pm. A ban on gatherings of more than 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors is in effect during Phase 2.5, and everyone is still directed to physically stay at least six feet apart from others. All businesses must implement measures for social distancing and enhanced cleaning. Reduced limits on capacity will help with these measures. Outdoor exercise is still encouraged. Learn more about the three-phase plan to reopen NC businesses and gradually lift the Stay at Home order here.
Some positive cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the local area; the individuals are under quarantine. For the most up-to-date local developments, see the Appalachian District Health Department website. If you have questions about COVID-19 and best practices for protecting yourself, visit CDC.gov.
It’s important to follow guidance from the CDC , as well as recommendations from the NC Division of Health & Human Services. Social distancing is important, even if you don’t feel sick. If you do feel unwell, stay at home and monitor your symptoms. Special precautions are needed for high-risk individuals, which includes adults over 60 and people with underlying health conditions.
Getting in Touch
Blowing Rock Town Hall offices and the Visitor Information Center are currently closed to the public, but both offices continue to answer questions and work by phone, email, social media, a