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Haywood County Stay Home Proclamation

This Proclamation was adopted in a meeting held March 26, 2020 and shall take effect on the 26th day of March 2020 at 5:00 pm and is valid through April 16, 2020

Haywood County COVID-19 Call Center
Open 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. everyday
828.356.2019

Rules for hotels and short-term lodging

  1. All lodging facilities, including campgrounds and direct-reservation facilities (such as Airbnb and VRBO) with rentals or leases for less than 15 days in duration shall be closed EXCEPT for work-related accommodations, facilities housing persons experiencing homelessness and any facility being used for isolation and quarantine purposes. Current residents at campgrounds are permitted to stay, but campgrounds should not allow new patrons to enter and establish themselves. Current residents at hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts and other short-term rentals are permitted to stay, but these facilities should cancel any leisure travel reservations for the duration of this declaration. Any employees who work for a business or organization deemed essential can stay in any lodging.
  2. Visitors and property owners who are non-residents of Haywood County who are staying overnight as of the date of this action shall notify the Haywood County COVID-19 Hotline at 828-356-2019 to list with the County their most recent place of travel, length of stay and purpose for travel.

For the full proclamation visit: https://www.haywoodcountync.gov/


We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as it relates to North Carolina and Haywood County. Our top priority is the safety, health, and wellbeing of our community, its residents and visitors. This is a rapidly evolving situation that changes by the hour and there is a lot of uncertainty. We are providing you resources below for your business and employees.

Please note: The Haywood County Visitor Center is now closed to all walk in traffic. We have provided an outside brochure rack with the most requested items and visitors may call us if they have immediate questions.

  • TDA 1% Grant Deadline Extended
    In light of the COVID-19 crisis that we all are a part of, the TDA is extending the 1% grant application to April 24th.  The previous deadline was March 27th.  We wanted to give you this extra time to properly plan and apply for the 1% zip code funding.
  • The March TDA Board meeting scheduled for March 25th has been cancelled.

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.