The Mountaineer is maintaining a community database of what's closed and canceled, as well as assistance programs and resources in the community. If you have an announcement you would like to see listed here, please contact Becky Johnson at email@example.com or 828-507-9141.
Haywood coronavirus call center
Haywood County public health nurses are available to answer Covid-19 questions via a call center. To speak with a public health nurse, call 828-356-2019 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The state also has a 24-hour North Carolina Coronavirus Helpline at 866-462-3821. See story here.
Haywood County Schools are closed until May 15, per a statewide school closure by Gov. Roy Cooper. All school-related clubs, activities and sports are also canceled until then, and maybe longer.
Western Carolina University has postponed all graduation ceremonies originally scheduled for May 8 and 9. University leaders also said they do not expect face-to-face classes to resume before the end of the spring semester. Click here for story.
Haywood Community College has moved all classes to online instruction. Click here for story.
Grocery store hours
Grocery stores across the county have shortened hours, and Walmart is no longer 24-hours. For a complete list of all grocery store hours, click here.
The Clyde DMV office will be open by appointment only. Appointments are being used to limit the number of people in the office at any given time.
The Clyde office is the only DMV office west of Asheville that will still be offering service. About 60 DMV offices across the state are closed completely. Those selected to stay open are considered large enough to maintain social distancing. To make an appointment, call the central DMV line in Raleigh at 919-715-7000.
County offices closed
County government has restricted access to its buildings, requiring visitors to call ahead first. Essential county services including law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, 911 and health and human services are still operating as usual. Convenience centers, the landfill and recycling center are also operating as usual, along with online county services.
Haywood Regional Medical Center
Haywood Regional Medical Center has now imposed a ban on all visitors, rather than simply limiting the number of visitors or visitors. Exceptions for extenuating circumstances will be made on a case-by-case basis. Elective procedures have been postponed.
For complete information on hospital protocols and how the hospital is preparing for any potential coronavirus cases, please click here.
Haywood Christian Ministry’s has started a drive-through pantry from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 150 Branner Ave. in Waynesville.
Food assistance deliveries
Mountain Projects is coordinating a food and supplies deliver service for those in need, with deliveries provided by volunteers, Haywood County Sheriff’s Office and Maggie Valley Police Department. Anyone needing supplies, medicine pick-up and deliveries can call a new hotline at 1-800-627-1548 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Click here for story.
Free meals for children
Haywood County Schools is providing drive-by pickup of free meals for kids between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at all county elementary schools (except Riverbend) and at Waynesville Middle School. Meals are also being delivered along bus routes. Call your child's school to get meals delivered in the morning to your normal bus stop.
Meals will include breakfast and lunch. The There is no income criteria to qualify for the free meals. Parents, guardians, and caregivers may pick up meals for any child from age 1-18.
For more complete information, click here.
Public transit downsized
Mountain Projects has suspended its public transit routes and will now focus on medically necessary trips, such as those who need dialysis or other life-saving treatments.
Gyms, fitness centers and rec centers
The Waynesville Recreation Center and Old Armory, the Haywood Regional Fitness Center and all private gyms are closed indefinitely per a state order.
Lake Junaluska walking path
The walking path at Lake Junaluska has become increasingly crowded as a popular outlet to pass the time and get fresh air, making social distancing a challenge. In addition to closing restroom facilities, Lake Junaluska is asking that walkers travel clockwise on the path around the lake to minimize encounters from passing each other.
Senior meal sites
Senior meal sites in Waynesville and Canton are doing drive up lunches for seniors over 60. Call 24-hours in advance to reserve a meal for the following day. Waynesville site is 828-452-7029 and Canton site is 828-648-8173. Click here for story.
Haywood Senior Resource Center
The Haywood Senior Resource Center is closed to the public, with a suspension of all senior programs, classes and outings. Resources and assistance for seniors is still available by phone by calling 828-356-2800. Resources available by phone include senior caregiver information, Medicare enrollment assistance, Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions, and food boxes.
Smoky Mountain Cinema in Waynesville and The Strand in downtown Waynesville are closed with a reopening date TBD. Both had already closed more than a week before a state mandate ordering them to do so.
Restaurants and bars
All restaurants are closed except for take-out and delivery service per a state order. For a list of restaurants offer take-out and delivery, click here.
Maggie ABC stores
The Maggie Valley and Dellwood Road ABC stores are in the process of installing intercoms. Customers can speak over the intercom and tell the employee what they want. The product will then be handed out after payment through the door. Those planning on using a credit card should provide their own pen.
Pass through windows/boxes will be installed as soon as possible to make the process more convenient. Until that time, acceptable distance and contact guidelines will be adhered to.
Cold Mountain Strutters
Primary Election run-off
A run-off between the top two Republican vote-getters in the Congressional primary were to face off on May 12, has been postponed. It will now be held June 23.
The race between Lynda Bennett and Madison Cawthorn was the only primary run-off in the state. Click here for story.
Haywood visitor center
The Haywood County Visitor Center operated by the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority in Maggie Valley is closed until further notice. A brochure rack is outside with highly-requested brochures for visitors. 800-334-9036.
Waynesville Homeless Task Force
The first meeting of the Waynesville homeless task has been postponed until a future undetermined date.
While the task force only has 21 members, the large public interest in the issue creates the potential for many members of the public to attend as observers, which could swell the numbers and violate the principle of social distancing cap on gatherings of more than 50 people. 828.227.3698 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AARP Tax Aide
Free income tax preparation for seniors coordinated through the AARP Tax Aide program has been suspended. The Tax Aide was offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at HART Theater in Waynesville. If the service resumes, The Mountaineer will announce it and publish it in the calendar.
The 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War planned for March 29 at the Haywood County Courthouse has been canceled. As in past years, the Vietnam veterans and their families would have also been invited to a reception at Wells Events and Reception Center.
The Hugh Rogers Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has hosted the event for the past several years, and planning for this year’s event was already complete.
Folkmoot is postponing all of events being held at the Folkmoot Friendship Center through May 23, including Folkmoot-sponsored cultural dinners, concerts and programs, as well as several events by outside groups leasing the Folkmoot Center as a venue. Events during the last week of May and in June are considered "tentative" at this point.
Folkmoot is moving forward with planning for its signature international festival, set for July 18-26, although logistics of bringing in international performing troupes could prove impossible and require the summer festival to be altered, modified or rescheduled. Click here for story.
Haywood Regional Arts Theater has closed indefinitely. Those with tickets to the canceled shows will be automatically transferred to the new dates when announced. Those unable to attend on the new dates are eligible for a refund.
The Haywood County Senior Games, which were slated to run from April 24-May 21, are postponed indefinitely. The county rec department hopes to reschedule the games by the state deadline in July, in order for local winners to advance to the state level, but it is unclear at this time whether it will be possible. 828-452-6789.
Haywood County Library
All public libraries in the county closed Monday, March 16, for at least two weeks, with a final decision on reopening TBD. Overdue fines will not accrue during the closure. Even if the libraries reopen, programs, classes and story times will be canceled through at least mid-April.
Voices in the Laurel bingo night
The annual bingo night held by Voices in the Laurel youth choir planned for Friday, March 20, at the Smoky Mountain Event Center (formerly the Haywood County Fairgrounds) has been rescheduled at the same venue for Friday, May 29.
Waynesville trash pick-up
The Waynesville trash pickup schedule has been altered. Trash normally picked up on Monday will now be picked up on Tuesday, and trash picked up on Fridays will now be picked up on Thursdays. Regular pickup on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays has not changed.
Smoky Mountain Event Center
All events scheduled for the Smoky Mountain Event Center, formerly the Haywood County Fairgrounds, have been canceled through mid-April, including the monthly flea market, bingo, a craft show and dog show. Making a guess about anything further out than that is still too murky.
Historic Speaker series
The April installment of the Historic Speaker series hosted by the Waynesville Historic Preservation Commission planned for April 2 has been canceled.
The Haywood Waterways Association has canceled all programs through May, including guided hikes, stream clean-ups, workshops planned in conjunction with Earth Month, and annual State of the Watershed talk.
The Cataloochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited has canceled its monthly meetings in April and May, as well as volunteer days to aid the Wildlife Commission with trout stocking on the West Fork of the Pigeon in April and May. The club does not hole meetings in June, July and August as a matter of course anyway.
The historic Shelton House in Waynesville has delayed its opening day for the season from April 1 to May 1. 828-452-1551.
Smokies and Parkway
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is now closed to all visitors through April 6. The Smokies issued a series of incremental closures, starting with visitor centers, then campgrounds, picnic areas and restrooms, and finally all trails and roads — a move prompted by large crowds flocking to the Smokies in the absence of anything else to do.
The Blue Ridge Parkway visitor center in Asheville is closed indefinitely. In addition, the section of the Parkway from Soco Gap in Maggie Valley to the Parkway's terminus in Cherokee is closed to traffic.
All campgrounds in the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests are closed until at least May 15. Click here for story.
Friends of the Parkway
The April 2 meeting of the Balsam Chapter of Friends of the Parkway has been canceled.
Easter egg hunts
The Mountaineer will provide a status update on Easter Egg hunts as we draw closer to Easter weekend, as many Easter events are up in the air pending how the coronavirus crisis evolves.
So far, we know that the Easter Egg hunt planned for the historic Shelton House in Waynesville on April 4 has been modified. A drive-by egg pick-up will be held in the parking lot of the Shelton House/HART theater between 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, April 4.
WNC Livestock Center
The WNC Regional Livestock Center in Canton will continue its Monday sales, though only buyers will be allowed in the arena. Cattle deliveries will be received at normal times on Sundays and Mondays, and those doing the deliveries are urged to remain in their vehicles. Once the animals have been processed, sellers are asked to leave. 828-646-3700.
Haywood Democratic Party Convention
The Haywood County Democratic Party county convention originally scheduled for Saturday, March 28, has been moved to April 25 and will be conducted via a virtual platform. The 11th Congressional District Democratic Party Convention will also be conducted using a virtual format with a new date of Saturday, May 16.
GOP district convention
The 11th Congressional District Republican Party Convention for the planned for April 25 will now be held by teleconference and online platforms. The state party is working with local GOP chapters on a system for delegates to conduct the conventions virtually. The county convention of the Haywood GOP was held in early March before the outbreak.
Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon
The Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon & Riley Howell Mighty Four Miler planned for Saturday, April 4, has been postponed until Saturday, October 24. The event was poised to bring a few hundred runners from across the state and region to Waynesville.
Down Home, a progressive advocacy group, has canceled a Waynesville Town Hall forum planned for Thursday, March 19, as well as its regularly scheduled working groups and monthly community meetings. The group plans to find a way to conduct these in virtual spaces. Stay tuned for more information. 828-476-8189.
Adverse Childhood Experiences
A free movie screening of "Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope" planned for March 19 in Bethel as part of an educational initiative to address traumatic childhood events.
Inspired Art Ministry
Drawing and painting classes are cancelled until further notice, and look forwards to welcoming everyone back and newcomers when the crisis has passed. 828-456-9197.
National Forest public meetings
A series of public input meetings planned throughout the region in March to collect feedback on the sweeping rewrite of forest management plans that will guide recreation, logging, hunting and wildlife conservation in the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests are canceled, with news dates TBD.