Following the lead of several other cities and counties, Ashe County has also restricted short term rentals during the COVID-19 state of emergency.

Effective Thursday, March 26th at 5:00 pm EST, the new amendment to Ashe County’s State of Emergency Declaration was added in an effort to reduce non-essential travel to Ashe County by non-residents.

The goal of the reduction in travel by non-residents to Ashe is to ultimately slow the speed of transmission locally and to reduce stress on medical facilities, emergency services and other local resources.

The new restrictions apply to hotels, motels, resorts, inns, guest houses, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, RV parks, vacation cabins, home rentals, and other rental programs where leases are for less than 60 days in duration.

These emergency measures supersede any previously-made reservations.

Exceptions include overnight accommodation for business, medical, construction, emergency services, or other related services.

The full supplemental proclamation is available here:

Details on the State Of Emergency can be found at