February 16, 2022    

Indoor Mask Mandate Expires 12 Noon Today

Businesses and organizations may continue to require face coverings; public health officials strongly encourage masks in crowded indoor spaces

Buncombe County Board of Commissioners has voted to allow the indoor mask mandate to expire at noon today, February 16. While face coverings in public indoor spaces are no longer required, public health officials strongly recommend them in crowded indoor spaces. Even as the mandate expires, businesses and organizations can choose to set face covering requirements for their facilities.

Other notes regarding masks:

  • A federal mask requirement for public transportation remains in place through March 18.
  • Determinations about face coverings for schools will be made by the local Boards of Education.
  • The Buncombe County Courthouse will continue to require face coverings, as will all public-facing Buncombe County Health & Human Services operations and the Buncombe County Detention Center.
  • All other Buncombe County Government facilities will strongly recommend face coverings.

Vaccine information:

  • Free vaccines for anyone 5 and older continue to be available at Buncombe County Health & Human Services, 40 Coxe Avenue, Asheville between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. No appointment is needed.
  • Find more information on vaccines, testing and more here and here.

COVID metrics in Buncombe County:

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