By Clint Parker
North Buncombe – On Tuesday morning, Weaverville Mayor Al Root declared a state of emergency for the Town of Weaverville. Citing a state statute that allows him to declare such emergencies, Root extended Buncombe County’s state of emergency declaration to all the town, and prohibited the gathering of “organized groups of 50 persons” on town property.
In Woodfin, a Tuesday evening meeting of the Woodfin Town Commissioners was limited to an executive session only, which means only town commissioners, town staff, and their lawyer could attend. Generally, state law only allows these kinds of meetings for town legal and personnel matters, and no other business can be conducted.
NC Gov. Roy Cooper also issued the prohibition on dining in restaurants and only allowed for pick-up and delivery from eating establishments.
The Tribune talked to Weaverville restaurant owner Matt Danforth of Blue Mountain Pizza and Brew Pub, who said that he had already made that decision on Monday. He is also closing the restaurant early, at 8 pm, until further notice.
Local grocery stores are struggling to keep up with demands for bread, disinfectants, paper towels and toilet paper, while government officials keep pleading with citizens to shop as usual and not to panic buy.
Coronavirus continued to change the nation’s lifestyles as the numbers of the infected grow.