COVID-19 Update

June 24, 2020 – 8:00 pm

We appreciate your interest in Bryson City and Swain County. Please continue to check back here for updates regarding our area’s response to the COVID-19 situation.

On June 24, Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina will remain in Phase 2 for 3 more weeks, until July 17, 5 pm. Frequently Asked Questions 6/24/20  (Executive order no. 147) • Stay at Home Order • Executive Order 138 5/5/2020 • EO-138 FAQ.Phase 2 Executive Order 141 FAQ 5/20/2020.  Swain County:  State of Emergency 3/23/2020. Swain County and the Town of Bryson City continue to abide by the most recent North Carolina Executive Order 141.

Face coverings must be worn in public places whether inside or outside, where physical distancing of six feet is not possible. There are a few exceptions such as those under 11 years of age, or if you are actively eating or drinking, for example. Retail businesses, restaurants and other businesses in the Order, must have all workers wearing face coverings.  Learn more

Please bring as much food, drink and supplies with you as possible.
This will lessen the impact on our groceries and other stores that have been and are still experiencing shortages. Also, please help to mitigate any spread in our community by practicing proper social distancing, hand washing, hand sanitizing, and the use of protective face coverings as you enjoy our county and trails. Our small businesses that have been closed are eager to welcome you!

Restaurants, breweries and wineries are currently open with restrictions on capacity for indoor or outdoor dining, social distancing, face coverings for employees, and sanitation practices and screening measures for staff. You’ll find lots of choices and we encourage your patronage!

Outdoor attractions are open,
such as rafting and kayaking, boat and paddle board rentals, horseback riding, biking, hiking, tubing, etc. Temporary closures are affecting attractions and events. Some closures include: Swain County Heritage Museum, Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians, and the Appalachian Rivers Aquarium. Unto These Hills outdoor drama has cancelled their 2020 season. Great Smoky Mountains Railroad has cancelled The Pumpkin Patch for 2020.

Beginning Friday, June 26 at 5 pm, masks are required in all public spaces on the Qualla Boundary.

If need more information on North Carolina relating to coronavirus, go to the website for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To protect yourself and others, please follow these common-sense recommendations from the NCDHHS and CDC:

  • Do not travel if you are sick.
  • Avoid air travel and large crowds if you are at higher risk. This includes gatherings such as concert venues, conventions, church services, sporting events and crowded social events.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw it away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Smokies.

Bryson City - Swain County
Chamber of Commerce

210 Main Street
P.O. Box 509
Bryson City, NC 28713

Karen Proctor
Executive Director



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