Watauga County State of Emergency Updated

Last Updated on September 4, 2020 3:30 pm

Boone, NC – On Tuesday, September 1st, Watauga County Commissioners approved a modification to Watauga County’s State of Emergency. The modification of the plan lifts the restriction for playgrounds, courts and picnic shelters and restriction of short-term rentals both effective Friday, September 4 at 5pm in order to align with Governor Cooper’s phased plan for easing restrictions. Short-term rentals will be able to operate at 100% capacity. The updated State of Emergency can be found here

“The purpose of this update is to reflect the changes to the Governor’s 3-phase plan and align our plan in response to concerns from our citizens, the business community, and reflect the public health guidance from AppHealthCare. Watauga County Commissioners recognize the need to strike a balance between keeping our citizens and visitors safe and healthy and maintaining a vibrant economy. We will continue to prioritize health and safety and do our part to slow the spread of this virus in our community,” stated John Welch, Chairman, Watauga County Commissioners. 

As we enter into Phase 2.5 of the Governor’s plan today at 5:00pm, we encourage the community to follow public health guidance to protect yourself and the community. 

How to Protect Yourself

There are actions we can all take to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Show Your Love for yourself and others by following the 3Ws when you leave your home – wear a cloth face covering, wash your hands and wait 6 feet from others. 

·       Wear a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth

·       Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer 

·       Wait at least 6 feet from others

·       Stay home when you’re sick or believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19

·       Keep distance from others who are sick

·       Avoid touching your face 

·       Avoid crowded areas 

·       Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces in common areas like doorknobs, remotes, lightswitches, tables and handles.

If you have questions about COVID-19, you can reach out to the AppHealthCare COVID-19 Call Center at (828) 795-1970 from 8:00am to 8:00pm each day. You can also email questions to For more information related to COVID-19, including local data, visit AppHealthCare’s website here.

For more information, visit or call (828) 265-8000.

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