COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Response - Local State of Emergency
Avery County Government Suspension of All Short-Term Rentals Effective Immediately

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to pose a looming threat to the public health and safety of the people of Avery County. Avery County government continues to be proactive in taking the necessary steps to slow the spread of the disease through all appropriate means.

Effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 5:00PM, Avery County Government, the Health Department, Emergency Man agement, and Sheriff's Office are requiring that lodging facilities such as air bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, timeshare units, condos, motels, hotels, and other rental programs or places where leases or rentals are for less than one month in duration be suspended in Avery County until April 18, 2020. This action is consistent with action taken by other communities across the state and nation to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus due to human travel.

Human travel promotes the spread of this disease, and the presence of visitors in Avery County has the potential to exacerbate the spread of the virus and the anticipated strain on our limited health care facilities that are caused by it. This suspension is to assist in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 in a manner and at a pace that overwhelms the County's ability to respond in the coming days.

Exemptions are allowed for work-related stays, emergency facilities, and homeless shelters, and it is understood that rentals for work-related stays for construction workers or other essential services already in place will need to continue.

The need to allow the use of hotels and other facilities for emergency service workers, essential service workers, displaced residents needing shelter, and other response and mitigation efforts related to COVID-19 in the coming days and weeks is also recognized.

This requirement is in effect until April 18, 2020, but the County will be continuously monitoring the need for this requirement which may be lifted earlier if it is no longer needed to protect the public health.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we unite (separately from the safety of our own homes) to beat this pandemic together. We look forward to hosting your family in the near future when it's safe to travel once again!