Here’s a round up of COVID-19 related news for 3-17-20. See our Coronavirus Resource Guide for extensive resources and information.
Restaurants/Bars closed to dine-in: Today, Governor Cooper issued additional restrictions to close restaurants and bars, except for takeout and delivery service.
NC Governor lifts restrictions on unemployment benefits: Governor Cooper also lifted some unemployment benefit restrictions.
Here’s what that might do:
Employers can find info regarding unemployment insurance from the NC Department of Commerce, Division of Employment Security.
Contact the DES Employer Call Center with any questions or concerns.
Individuals who want to apply for Unemployment can contact:
Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed House yesterday (HR 6201):
Bill Summary and Highlights:
White House/Senate propose response package:
The other major proposal just got released and comes from the White House and Senate and reaches nearly $1 trillion. There have not been any CBO estimates or bill summaries released yet, as it is just a proposal. Here’s a breakdown of the proposal by Politico: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/17/coronavirus-1-trillion-emergency-stimulus-133821.
Buncombe County To Modify Operations Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Essential operations including Emergency Services, Public Health and Health and Human Services mandated services, Sheriff’s Office, Permitting, Solid Waste, and Transportation to continue.
Effective March 18, Buncombe County will modify services until further notice to protect citizens and staff and minimize opportunities to spread COVID-19 in our community. All nonessential, public-facing functions are closed at this time.
Taking into consideration CDC and NCDHHS recommendations on social distancing and measures taken across the nation to include travel bans, school closures, quarantines, and event cancellations, the County is taking the following measures until further notice:
Buncombe County residents can access all of the County’s online resources and find regularly updated information at buncombecounty.org. Find the latest COVID-19 information at buncombecounty.org/bcready. Online resources include: Building Permits, Planning, Septic, Well, Water Testing Portal (account registration required, only “simple” permits can be applied for online): https://onlinepermits.buncombecounty.org/CitizenAccess/Default.aspx