Here’s a round up of COVID-19 related news for 12/29/20. See our Coronavirus Resource Guide for extensive resources and information.
New Buncombe County restrictions go into effect Saturday, Jan. 2nd
Effective this Saturday, January 2, indoor dining capacity at restaurants will be lowered to 30% from its current 50%, and the limit on indoor gatherings that include individuals from multiple households will be lowered to 2 people from the current maximum of 10 people.
Outdoor dining capacity limits will stay the same and won’t be impacted by the new local government restrictions. See the latest community update and review the order.
If you have questions about the new guidelines or ways to ensure your business is in compliance, get in touch with Buncombe County’s Ready Team at 828-419-0095 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New federal COVID-19 relief package is signed into law
Over the weekend, President Donald Trump signed into law the latest congressional COVID-19 relief package. In case you missed it, here are a few highlights from the new law:
Q&A on revamped Paycheck Protection Program
Ward & Smith PA offers a Q&A to help understand the revamped Paycheck Protection Program. The relief package signed into law this week allows for:
NCDHHS adds vacination info to COVID dashboard & begins text contact
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services added data on people vaccinated to the NC COVID-19 Dashboard. Data will be provided for the total number of people statewide and by county of residence who have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Data for people who have received the second dose of the vaccine will be added in January. Read more.
To notify people as quickly as possible if they have tested positive for or been exposed to someone with COVID-19, NCDHHS in cooperation with Local Health Departments, is expanding how it contacts people. All residents who have provided cell phone or email addresses will receive an automatic text or email message to connect people to follow-up resources and supports.
People receiving a text or email will be directed to a secure website that provides additional information about how to protect themselves and their loved ones, how to get support if needed to safely isolate, and how to contact someone immediately for additional information.