COVID-19 Updates & Resources
(Updated January 10, 2021, 10:05 am) 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.
As of May 22, lodging businesses in Blowing Rock re-opened for leisure stays. This means that you can enjoy a stay at your favorite Blowing Rock hotel, inn, or rental now. Masks/face coverings are required in lobbies and similar public areas. There are no other restrictions, but it’s a good idea to check ahead with your selected hotel, inn, or rental about their particular policies. 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.
NC restaurants may currently offer in-house dining service at 50% capacity. Face coverings/masks are required at restaurants while not actively eating or drinking. Our restaurants appreciate your patience as we all adjust to changes in seating availability and the dining experience, and reservations are always a good idea. Takeout and delivery is still encouraged as social distancing remains important. In compliance with NC Executive Order 181, all dining rooms close by 10pm, and all alcoholic drink sales (for on-site consumption) end by 9pm. Some restaurants may offer mixed drinks to-go, which is currently allowed with some limitations in NC. Take a look at the FAQs on to-go mixed beverages to see how this works for customers. Be aware that open containers of alcohol are still prohibited in Town parks, sidewalks, and public spaces. As status and hours are subject to change due to Covid-19, t’s best to call ahead to confirm services.
As we continue in Phase 3, retailers are required to limit capacity to ensure proper social distancing. Masks are required to be worn indoors. They are also required in public outdoor spaces where 6 feet of space between others cannot be maintained. As our sidewalks can get busy in shopping areas, it’s best to wear a mask downtown. 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.
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.
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 3 of the re-opening plan is still in place.
*On January 6, 2021, a NC Secretarial Directive was issued, encouraging North Carolinians to stay home except for essential activities and to avoid gathering, especially indoors.
*As of December 8, 2020, NC Executive Order 181 implemented a temporary night-time public closure period on certain businesses and a modified “Stay at Home” order on all North Carolinians during overnight hours to address the current spike in COVID-19 infection rates and hospitalizations.
*As of June 26, 2020, people are required to wear face coverings in public spaces, whether inside or outside, where physical distancing of six feet is not possible. This would include busy sidewalks and parks.
*As of December 11, 2020, the sale of alcoholic drinks in restaurants, breweries, wineries, and distilleries must stop at 9pm. To-go mixed drinks may be available, with restrictions.
*A ban on gatherings of more than 10 people indoors and 50 people outdoors is in effect, and everyone is still directed to physically stay at least six feet apart from people outside their household.
*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.
For the most up-to-date information on local developments regarding COVID-19, 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 open to the public, and both offices continue to answer questions by phone, email, and social media.