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NEW, UPDATED: Virus Leads To Cancellations, Closures -Brevard NC


Last updated 3/19/2020 at 10:53pm

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•All gathering events at Parks and Recreation and the library have been cancelled. Transylvania County library will be reducing available services to include book checkout through internet access only. Transylvania County Recreation Center will not be available to the public until after March 30.

•Blue Ridge Community College curriculum classes at all locations have been cancelled until Monday, March 23. Continuing education and adult literacy classes will continue to meet. Online instruction for all seat-based classes will begin March 23. These courses will be transitioned to online or alternative formats. Students should monitor their Blue Ridge email accounts during the week to see how their specific classes will proceed.

•Brevard Health & Racquet Club will remain open but it has cancelled all group fitness classes and child care services through March 30.

•Ribbon cuttings planned for The Shop of St. Philip’s on March 23; Benchmark Physical Therapy on March 26; and Natural Elements Bath & Body on March 27 have been cancelled.

•The Annual Meeting and Dinner scheduled by STEP Western North Carolina for March 29 has been postponed.

•The Pisgah Forest Club has announced that after reviewing guidance from North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services it has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Assault on the Carolinas (AOTC) bike ride scheduled for April 4. All registered riders have the option of either a full deferral of this year’s registration fee to next year’s AOTC ride (tentatively scheduled for April 10, 2021) or a refund of the registration fee.

•The N.C. High School Athletic Association has suspended all high school athletics statewide through April 6 and postponed the basketball state championships indefinitely as concerns over the coronavirus grow.

•Until further notice, College Walk is closed to the public. College Walk is taking precautions to minimize the risk to a vulnerable population. Caregivers will be allowed access and meals will be delivered.

•Brevard City Hall is also closed to visitors until further notice.

•Pisgah Forest Rotary Club weekly meetings have been cancelled until at least May 6.

•Augustine Literacy Project’s THE BEE, planned for March 21, has been postponed until May 9.

•Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas is closed to the public until April. All cancelled events will be rescheduled at a later date.

•The Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce office and Visitor Center will be closed to the public until further notice. This includes any member meetings that were scheduled at the Chamber. Additionally, in light of the CDC recommendation that any events with 50 or more people over the next eight weeks be cancelled, al Chamber events are cancelled This includes ribbon cutting events, the Elected Officials Breakfast, Business After Hours and Coffee Connections.

•For more information, visit the CDC’s website at and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ website at, which includes daily updates on positive COVID-19 test results in North Carolina.

•DuPont State Recreational Forest’s public buildings, including the Aleen Steinberg Visitor Center and public bathroom facilities, are temporarily closed in an effort to encourage social distancing during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

While DuPont State Recreational Forest remains open to the public at this time, visitors are urged to maintain social distancing and adjust recreational activities to minimize the need for assistance.

Other amenities and facilities may be temporarily closed or modified in the interest of public health and wellness. Essential services will be offered to the greatest extent possible within public health and safety guidelines. Officials will make every attempt to keep forest trails open as a safe place for recreation and respite. We urge visitors to be partners in this effort by following hygiene and behavior guidelines.

Portable toilets and portable handwash stations will be available at the High Falls and Hooker Falls Access areas. Tear off maps are located on the porch of the Aleen Steinberg Visitor Center. Please be aware that staffing adjustments, due to a rotation of teleworking, may increase response times for inquiries and on-site assistance. Visitors should call 911 for emergencies. For more information, visitors are encouraged to visit:

•Duke Energy has cancelled its planned power outage that was scheduled for Sunday, March 22.


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