At our inception 20 years ago, we chose to be different. Unlike other news organizations, we made the decision to provide in-depth, regional reporting free to anyone who wanted access to it. We don’t plan to change that model. Support from our readers will help us maintain and strengthen the editorial independence that is crucial to our mission to help make Western North Carolina a better place to call home. If you are able, please support The Smoky Mountain News.

The Smoky Mountain News is a wholly private corporation. Reader contributions support the journalistic mission of SMN to remain independent. Your support of SMN does not constitute a charitable donation. If you have a question about contributing to SMN, please contact us.

Macon to end county COVID-19 regulations May 8

Regulations imposed in Macon County in connection with the COVID-19 Pandemic will be repealed, canceled and ended effective 5 p.m. May 8. Executive Orders of the Governor of the State of North Carolina are still valid and remain in full force and effect, including a stay at home order, limits on mass gatherings, and retain social distancing requirements.
 
The governor of the State of North Carolina recently shared information about how North Carolina can gradually and safely reopen over three phases beginning approximately May 8. The Macon County Health Department has also made recommendations for a reopening of Macon County in phases consistent with the plan released by the governor.
 
With the number of COVID-19 positive patients having a minimal impact to date on the health care system in Macon County and with provisions available to pause reopening actions or take further actions deemed necessary and appropriate in the future, the regulations so imposed by the Emergency Management Coordinator are deemed no longer necessary as of May 8.
 
Macon County residents and visitors to our county are strongly urged to follow the state's standards for social distancing. All businesses should also follow recommended social distancing and hygiene practices.
Go to top