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Closures & Cancellations

 

Last updated 3/19/2020 at 3:40pm



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•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 Shop of St. Philip’s will also be closing temporarily and is accepting no donations.

•The annual meeting and dinner scheduled by STEP Western North Carolina for March 29 has been postponed.

•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, all Chamber events are cancelled This includes ribbon cutting events, the Elected Officials Breakfast, Business After Hours and Coffee Connections.

•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 hand-wash 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, go to http://www.dupontstaterecreationalforest.com.

•Gorges State Park visitor center and campgrounds are closed, and all events and programs are cancelled. Trails and restrooms will remain open.

•Duke Energy has cancelled its planned power outage that was scheduled for Sunday, March 22. Duke Energy has also suspended disconnections for nonpayment. For more information, go to http://www.dukeenergyupdates.com.

•All Nantahala and Pisgah Forest Plan Revision open houses planned for March have been cancelled at this time. For more information, go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/nfsnc/nprevision.

•The National Park Service is implementing some temporary closures and modifications to Blue Ridge Parkway. The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center at Milepost 384 in Asheville is closed until further notice. Other year-round facilities on the Parkway managed by local partners will remain open at this time. These sites include the Folk Art Center at Milepost 382 and the Museum of NC Minerals at Milepost 331.

The Blue Ridge Parkway road and all accessible trails will also remain open. Decisions regarding planned seasonal, spring openings, such as park campgrounds and visitor centers, will be made at a later date.

•The local N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles’ driver license office is closed.

•WCCA has decided to close all of its facilities to walk-in visitors. Individuals and families seeking services can contact case managers, housing specialist, family service workers Apple Country Transportation and management staff by calling (828) 693-1711.

To request para-transit services or inquire about bus service, contact Apple Country Transportation directly at (828) 698-8571. WCCA services in Transylvania County can be reached by calling (828) 884-2255.

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

 
 

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