About The HCTDA

Current Restrictions

The table below provides a general summary of restrictions imposed under recent executive orders as well as frequently asked questions and relevant guidance from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Additional guidance is also available.

  • Under Executive Order 181 and extended under Executive Orders 188 and 189, North Carolina remains under restrictions, as outlined in the table below, until at least 5 p.m. Feb. 28, 2021.
  • Executive Order 183, which has been extended under Executive Order 190, is in effect until at least March 31, 2021.
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Executive Order 183

Extended under Executive Order 190

  • Establishments holding certain permits from the ABC Commission, including restaurants, hotels, private clubs, private bars and some distilleries, are allowed to sell mixed beverages to-go or for delivery. These businesses, delivery service providers that contract with these businesses, and purchasers of mixed beverages to-go must follow the restrictions in the order and any additional restrictions and guidance established by the ABC Commission.
  • The sale of alcohol for on-site consumption must still cease at 9 p.m., but businesses subject to the order may continue to sell mixed beverages for off-site consumption until their business closes and in accordance with other applicable laws and regulations.
Executive Order 181
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– Executive Order 188
– Executive Order 189

  • Implements a modified stay at home order from 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Requires nighttime closure from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for certain businesses and activities
  • Prohibits the sale and service of alcohol for onsite consumption from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Executive Order 180
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  • Requires face coverings in all public indoor settings, including fitness facilities and restaurants, where non-household members are present
  • Retail business locations with more than 15,000 square feet of interior space must have a worker at each public entrance open to the public to enforce face covering requirements
Executive Order 176
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  • Extends the “Phase 3” order (Executive Order 169)
  • Reduces indoor gathering limits to 10 people
Executive Order 169
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  • Revises prohibitions and restrictions that move the state into “Phase 3” measures
Executive Order 153
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  • Requires restaurants, breweries, wineries, distilleries and other establishments that serve alcohol for on-site consumption to cease alcohol sales and service each day from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m.

The state’s position on travel is:

North Carolina is urging residents and visitors to be prepared at take precautions relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The state recommends that everyone monitor the NC Department of Health and Human Services’ special webpage on the situation. Events in various areas of the state are being cancelled or postponed as a best practice effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Visitors and travelers in and through the state should check with their lodging provider and event organizer before departing on a trip to North Carolina. Visitors to the state should take the same precautions that are recommended for traveling during the flu season. Those precautions are even more valuable this year. Visitors who are at “high risk” of severe illness from COVID-19 should avoid large groups of people as much as possible. If travelers need more information on North Carolina relating to COVID-19, they can go to https://www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus.

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The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority (HCTDA) is the legislatively mandated entity responsible for collecting occupancy taxes for all paid accommodations in the county, and determines the allocation of those dollars to drive overnight visitation. The HCTDA collects a 4% occupancy tax and invests those funds in a variety of tourism marketing efforts. The county has a long tradition of tourism marketing, having been one of the first counties in North Carolina to authorize the creation of a TDA to invest in countywide destination promotion. It has enjoyed a reputation for decades as a mountain retreat set among some of the highest mountain peaks in eastern North America and two national parks.

The HCTDA produces an annual visitors guide (print and electronic versions available) and hosts a visitors website, and sustains a strong presence on Social Media.

The TDA administers a toll-free hotline to provide visitors with information and also runs a county Visitor Center located in Maggie Valley at 1110 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley, NC 28751.