CLOSINGS and DELAYS 

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 Ashe, Avery and Watauga Counties have all declared a State Of Emergency, and most government buildings are closed to the public. Services continue and staff is available in departments to assist over the phone, by email or online. 
All three counties have halted short term rentals, such as hotels, motels, cabins, campgrounds, etc. Each county's declaration is slightly different, and there are certain exceptions. Full details on all changes in each county can be found at their websites:

www.ashecountygov.com

www.averycountync.gov

www.wataugacounty.org

 

Out of concern for the health and safety of our customers and our employees due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), NRLP will be closed to the public until further notice. NRLP employees will continue reporting to work so there will be no disruption to operations or electric service. We encourage customers to use the online tools offered through our customer portal and mobile app, NRLP Connect, for bill payment and other services during this time. NRLP has suspended disconnections and late payment fee until further notice. All of this information can be found on our new COVID-19 Response webpage: https://nrlp.appstate.edu/covid-19-response
As always, we are available by phone. Please give us a call at 828-264-3671 if you have any questions, concerns, or need assistance with our customer portal or mobile app. Our drive thru window will remain open for customers, however we strongly encourage the use of online payment methods if possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding. The health and safety of our customers, employees, and the community is our top concern during this time. We will continue to provide updates as they happen on our website: nrlp.appstate.edu

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, some N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles driver license offices have been closed. ​The closure effects the Jefferson, Newland and Boone offices. Customers who have scheduled appointments at those offices will be contacted by the DMV and will be given new appointments once those offices re-open. Many services can be handled online, including license and registration renewals, duplicate licenses, and more. You can see a list of online services at the DMV website. Those offices that will remain open will be transitioned to handle appointment-only visits and will limit the number of customers allowed inside at the same time, depending on the office size. Get full information online at www.ncdot.gov/dmv

Crossnore School and Children's Home:
All campuses are closed to the public until further notice.
Farm volunteers in Winston-Salem are still on the job and we appreciate all they do.
Miracle Grounds Coffee Shop & Cafe on our Avery campus is still open for the public to order and pick up to-go meals. Call (828) 733-2247.
Blair Fraley Sales Store, Crossnore Weavers, and Crossnore Fine Arts Gallery are closed to the public. You may still place online orders for woven goods by shopping at www.crossnoreweavers.org.

The Appalachian Regional Library has announced that all libraries are closed.  More information about services that will still be available are posted at https://www.arlibrary.org/

Watauga Project on Aging: OUT OF AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION AND IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE POPULATION WE SERVE CONGREGATE MEALS AND SENIOR CENTER ACTIVITIES ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Home delivered meals will continue but will be monitored on a daily basis and may also be suspended if it becomes necessary and is in the best interest of our clients. In-home aide services will be provided on a case by case basis. Transportation services will continue for errands or shopping only. The incident management team will continue planning to be able to meet the essential needs of these citizens.

Hospitality House of Northwest North Carolina remains evermore committed to the health, safety and welfare of the High Country’s most vulnerable population. With regards to COVID-19, we have been engaged with AppHealthCare multiple times each day. We are following the county-wide protocol put in place by AppHealthCare and are following their lead and directives as they come.
Our Community Kitchen and Food Pantry remain open seven days a week for anyone in our surrounding area who needs meals and/or food, including families, children and college students impacted by school closures. We serve three meals a day (breakfast 6:30a – 8:30a; lunch 11:30a – 1p and dinner 5:30p – 6:30p) in our Community Kitchen and our Food Pantry is open seven days a week from 9a – 11a and 1p – 4p.
WeCAN, our crisis assistance program remains open Monday to Friday from 10a – 12p and our Day Services (showers, laundry, lockers) remain available seven days a week between 6a – 7p until further notice.
Due to the growing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases occurring across the state, Hospitality House will no longer offer the one night of services for individuals who are from outside their designated seven 7 county service area -- Watauga, Ashe, Avery, Wilkes, Alleghany, Mitchell and Yancey -- unless they are fleeing domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking. For the latest updates please visit the dedicated web page HospHouse.org/covid19 and follow them on social media: Facebook / Instagram: @hosphouse; Twitter @HospHouseNWNC

As local challenges arise, Boone Drugs, Inc. will stay committed to serve the community in a vigilant and accommodating approach. In addition to strict sanitation and safety guidelines, Boone Drugs, Inc. wants to stress certain services, and adjusted operations, in the following areas:
Drive through windows for customers wishing to limit social contact. Drive through locations include: King Street Pharmacy [Boone], Village Pharmacy [Blowing Rock], Medical Arts Pharmacy [Lenoir], Halsey Drug [Sparta], Brookside Pharmacy [Kingsport], Blankenship [Johnson City].
Curbside pickup for locations that do not offer drive through services. A Boone Drugs employee will meet the customer at their car. Curbside pickup locations include: Deerfield [Boone], New Market [Boone], Greenway [Boone], Warrensville Drug [Warrensville], Mt City Pharmacy [Mt City], Crossnore Drugstore [Crossnore], Avery Pharmacy [Linville].
Free prescription delivery for Watauga County stores now through April 15th, 2020.

Town of Blowing Rock Trout Derby scheduled for April 4, 2020 is cancelled.
Town of Blowing Rock Easter Activities scheduled for April 4, 2020
Due to the health concerns associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and efforts to limit the possible transmission, the Town of Blowing Rock has made the decision to cancel all Town sponsored events and Town meetings until April 13. 2020. On or before April 13. 2020 the Town will reassess this measure and provide an update concerning ongoing cancellations or rescheduling of meetings going forward. 

Appalachian Theatre has postponed events in the theatre through April 15, and will reassess this plan in 2 weeks.
Events Postponed/Rescheduled:
App State Humanities Council Film Series – March 22 (rescheduled to May 3)
FILM: Parasite – March 27 (postponed; new date TBD)
App State Opera Scenes – April 3-4 (postponed, new date TBD)
FILM: Wizard of Oz – April 10 (postponed, new date TBD)Events Cancelled:
Che Apalache - March 24 (canceled)
High Country Jazz Festival – June 12-13 (cancelled)
For more information, visit https://www.apptheatre.org/

Merlefest 2020 in Wilkesboro has been cancelled. Details here - https://merlefest.org/merlefest-2020-cancelled/

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour stop in Boone is cancelled.

The Rosanne Cash concert scheduled for April 4 at the Schaefer Center has been canceled.

Grandfather Mountain will be closed through March 2020, meaning all public access is prohibited. Details at Grandfather.com.

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System has ended all visitations at Watauga Medical Center and Cannon Memorial Hospital, with limited exceptions. Details are online at APPRHS.org.

Blue Ridge Energy is taking steps to ensure no disruption to business operations and service to electric members and propane and fuels customers. All public gatherings and business meetings at its offices are canceled and it encourages public to utilize online services.

AppalCART will be maintaining essential services only to support App State, the Town of Boone, and Watauga County. Only the Green, Red, Orange, Pop105, and Purple routes will be running while all App State classes are meeting online. These routes will follow the BREAK SCHEDULE unless there is demand to increase capacity. Complimentary para-transit service will follow the same BREAK SCHEDULE. The rural routes and Project on Aging routes schedules remain the same. AppalCART is continually evaluating operations and planning next steps as new issues arise or as the situation changes.