COVID-19 Update

September 1, 2020 – 5:30 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 September 1, Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina will move to Phase 2.5, Friday, September  at 5:00 pm. Executive Order #163. FAQs for EO 163. Swain County:  Swain County and the Town of Bryson City continue to abide by the most recent North Carolina Executive Order 163.

Face coverings must be worn in public places. Inside – at all times; outside where physical distancing of 6 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 at your restaurant table, for example. Retail businesses, restaurants and other businesses in the Order, must have all workers wearing face coverings.  Learn more

Mass gathering limits will increase to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors. Playgrounds may open.

Restaurants, breweries and wineries are currently open with restrictions
on capacity for indoor or outdoor dining, social distancing, face coverings for employees and patrons (when you are seated at your table), and sanitation practices and screening measures for staff. You’ll find lots of choices and we encourage your patronage! Find out who is open and the type of service available.

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!

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. Opening on September 5 at 50% capacity are: 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.

Gyms and indoor exercise facilities, such as yoga studios, martial arts, and rock climbing, as well as skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor basketball, volleyball etc., may open at 30% capacity.

Bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, indoor entertainment facilities, amusement parks, dance halls will remain closed.

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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