by Holly Kays, Smoky Mountain News
Jackson County is now requiring anybody entering from another state or country to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, along with all household members.
Anyone entering Jackson County from outside North Carolina borders is expected to bring enough supplies — such as groceries and medication — to last for the entire 14 days. Violation of the declaration constitutes a Class 2 misdemeanor.
The order came in a second supplemental amendment to a previous Declaration of a Local State of Emergency and is signed by County Commission Chairman Brian McMahan. It applies to the entire county, including the municipal limits of Sylva, Dillsboro, Webster and Forest Hills.
The order goes into effect at noon today (Saturday, March 28) and will remain in effect until rescinded.
It follows a March 23 declaration that went into effect Wednesday, March 25. That declaration banned gatherings of 10 or more and mandated the closure of a long list of business types of lodging facilities. The move came hours after the announcement that a part-time county resident had tested positive for COVID-19 and was isolating in the county.
The March 23 order requires all rental programs or places where the lease extends for less than a month to close. This requirement does not apply if the lease or accommodation is due to work for business, medical, construction, emergency services or other related services in Jackson County. It also does not apply to people experiencing homelessness who are being housed through HERE in Jackson County, or to lodging facilities used to assist with the COVID-19 response.
Other provisions of that order, including business closures and a 10-person gathering limit, are now statewide restrictions following a March 27 executive order from Gov. Roy Cooper.
Clarification: A previously posted version of this story said that the declaration applies to people arriving from another state or county. It actually applies to people arriving from another state or country.