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Watauga Commissioners COVID-19 Phase 2 Plan approved

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The Watauga County Commissioners have adopted a plan to move forward into Phase 2 re-opening amid COVID-19 concerns.

On Tuesday night the Board unanimously approved measures to allow short-term rentals to resume and to lift the 14-day quarantine at the beginning of Phase 2. The earlier approved plan had been for these restrictions to begin being lifted two weeks into Phase 2.

Effective Friday at 5pm, the 14-day self-quarantine will end and short-term rentals may operate at 50 percent (50%) reduction in the listed maximum occupancy capacity as rated and published. Family members residing in the same residence are exempt from the fifty percent (50%) reduction in maximum capacity limit.  Short-term rentals can operate at 100 percent (100%) capacity once we enter Phase 3 of the Governor’s plan.  Campgrounds shall be subject to the same openings and restrictions as short-term rentals.

Phase 2 is expected to begin on Friday if Governor Roy Cooper relaxes restrictions put in place by his Executive Order on May 5. Governor Cooper is expected to announce more details on his re-opening plan on Wednesday afternoon at 5pm. A live feed and replay of his press conference can be found at this link.

The Boone Town Council is scheduled to meet on Thursday night to discuss updated COVID-19 steps the Town may take. That meeting begins at 6pm.

Audio of the Watauga County Commissioners meeting can be found at this link.

WataugaOnline.com will update more on the Commissioners and Town Council actions as we get closer to Friday and the weekend.

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