Updated August 25, 2021, 6:15 pm.
Blowing Rock’s businesses are open.
The safety of our community and visitors is a top priority.
As of August 27, 2021 at 5:00pm: Masks are required while indoors in any public space in Blowing Rock, including retail, common areas in lodging, and inside restaurants while not eating or drinking. Mask is required regardless of immunization status. Social distancing should be maintained as well. Masks are not required for children aged 2 years or younger. For more details, including other exemptions and potential penalties, see the Town of Blowing Rock’s State of Emergency Declaration.
Nearby: The neighboring Town of Boone has instated a mask mandate requiring any persons aged 2+ to wear a mask while indoors inside public areas.
At this time in NC: Masks should be worn in public indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status. In accordance with updated recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, even fully vaccinated people should wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of Substantial or High transmission. Currently, the community transmission status for our county (Watauga) is rated as High. Most counties in the Southeast share the same rating at this time. The NCDHHS updated guidance recommends that unvaccinated people continue practicing the three Ws at all times: wear a mask in all indoor public settings, wait six feet apart in all public settings, and wash hands often.
Individual employers, business owners, and local governments may still require additional safety precautions.
See all updates from the NC Department of Health & Human Services here. Please contact us if you have any questions ahead of a visit.
What we’re doing to help keep you safe:
- Extra sanitizing protocols at restaurants ensure diners’ safety, and staff wear masks. Take-out is still encouraged as a safe alternative, and is available from nearly all of our restaurants (hours subject to change).
- Hotels, inns, and rentals have increased sanitizing practices, staff wear masks, and many have implemented protocols that reduce contact between guests and others.
- Local shops are welcoming shoppers, many with with modifications inside the store to help with distancing, and implementing increased sanitizing practices and masked employees.
- Attractions and recreation providers have created additional safety measures relative to the activity. All are open and operational!
- Hand sanitizer stations are available at the downtown public information kiosks, and extra disposable masks are available at Town Hall if you forget your own. Several shops have some unique designs available for sale, too!
- Many businesses have taken extra steps to become certified through the official NC COVID-19 safety program: Count on Me NC. Look for the Count on Me NC logo on business listings on this site to see which ones have completed the program.
What we ask you to do to help:
- If anyone in your group has been feeling unwell or had flu-like symptoms in the past week, or have been advised to isolate due to a recent positive COVID-19 test, reschedule your trip.
- Bring a mask. Masks are required while indoors in any public space in Blowing Rock and Boone. In NC, face coverings are currently recommended for all people in public indoor settings. Individual employers & business owners outside of town limits, and other local governments may require face coverings. Masks are required on public transportation and in healthcare settings. Remember and practice the three Ws: WEAR a face mask where needed, WAIT 6 feet from others, and WASH your hands or use hand sanitizer often.
- Check ahead on protocols at planned attractions and recreation, so you know what to expect. Reserve your activities in advance to allow our accommodations, restaurants, and attractions to prepare for your visit. It’s also a good idea to call ahead to confirm services and/or operating hours at any business, both because status or employee availability may change due to Covid-19, and any changes in restrictions may lead to variations.
- Practice the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace. With more visitors seeking respite and distance in our natural spaces, the impact to these places is growing. Plan ahead for your trip into nature, respect the wild, physically distance from others, and pack out all trash.
- Be kind. Many businesses are experiencing staff shortages and abrupt availability changes. We appreciate your patience as we continue to serve you!
Local Reports for Watauga County
Blowing Rock is located in Watauga County. Our district health department, App Health Care, regularly updates the public on their COVID-19 dashboard.
The County recognizes the need for testing, tracing and trends to move in a leveling or downward trajectory. In the event there is a spike, the County will follow recommendations from the Governor’s team, App Health Care and all of our partners to determine if temporary County restrictions are necessary.