Black Mountain continues mask mandate through end of November

Ezra Maille
Black Mountain News

The town of Black Mountain agreed to abide by the county's recommendation to extend the area's mask mandate through the end of November.

"As of today (Oct. 27), Mission Hospital has 45 in the hospital with positive COVID that compares to a high a few weeks back of close to 130," said Mayor Larry Harris via email. "I know we are all grateful to see the numbers drop." 

According to the mayor, Buncombe County Public Health recommended extending the current mask mandate through Thanksgiving to Nov. 30.

At a special call council meeting in August, the Town Council agreed unanimously to approve the mask mandate as recommended by the county. Harris said he has directed the town manager to open the town offices on Oct. 29 but encourages members of the public to continue to work with the town through appointments. 

"Black Mountain and Woodfin had closed town offices but recommending appointments is a good practice in which we are following the town of Weaverville," Harris said.  

The mayor said the volunteer luncheon, scheduled for noon Oct. 29 at the Black Mountain Fire Department, will incorporate distancing and having attendees wear a mask or face covering when not eating or drinking indoors. 

"The public safety building provides sufficient space and ventilation to provide for a safe venue for those who choose to attend," Harris said, who plans to be in attendance.