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New Supplemental Declaration of a Local State of Emergency

1. Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at noon no gatherings of more than 10 persons shall take place in Swain County including its incorporated municipality during the term of this Declaration of Local State of Emergency. For the avoidance of doubt or clarification, and consistent with Executive Orders 117 & 118, medical facilities, grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, gas stations and food distribution sites, to the extent they sell or distribute prepared food, are exempt from the provisions of this Declaration. Further, food banks and other food distribution sites, farmer’s markets, retail and hardware operations, and rental centers in which the public is not generally in close contact with other patrons are exempt from this Declaration.
2. Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at noon all hotels, motels, resorts, inns, guest houses, bed-and-breakfasts, campgrounds, RV parks, vacation cabin and home rentals, and any and all rentals or leases by Air-BNB, Homeaway, VRBO, and other rental programs or places where leases or use of any are for less than one month in duration shall be closed in Swain County including its incorporated municipality, EXCEPT exemptions as hereinafter set forth. a. Exemptions related to the one month duration of lease and/or uses apply to legitimate work-related stays. Business owners, contractors, and emergency service workers who expect to have employees needing to make reservations for a stay in Swain county during the term of the Declaration shall provide employer’s work related identification badge along with a letter from the employer stating the purpose of the work to be performed in the County and the expected duration of the stay. If the employer does not have proper identification for their employee(s), then they will need to contact the County Manager’s office to provide information required under this Declaration.
These measures shall remain in effect until the earliest of the following: (a) termination by the Swain County Board of Commissioners; or (b) the state of emergency terminates.
Any person who violates any provision of this Declaration shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor in accordance with N.C.G.S. Secs.166A-19.31 and 14-288.20A.
If you should have any questions please call Karen at 828-488-3681 or 828-508-2795 or email.
Swain County Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 509
210 Main Street
Bryson City, North Carolina 28713
Karen Proctor
Executive Director

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