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Preparing for the Economic Impact of COVID-19 in Rutherford County

March 31, 2020

Please help us learn how this virus is affecting your business or operations. Click here to take our COVID-19 Survey so that we can best serve our business community.

As Rutherford County braces for the impact of the novel coronavirus, much is still unknown and uncertain about the outcomes of this virus in our region. In other parts of the country and the world, the public health and economic impacts are unprecedented. We all have a part to play in stopping the spread of this virus. Please follow all of the social distancing guidelines set forth by our national, state, and local leaders in order to stop the spread of this virus. 

Our office aims to be a resource for anyone in the local business community who has any questions or issues as we move forward in this state of emergency. Our Business Development Coordinator, Stephanie Rzonca, will be suspending regular Rutherford Business Boost meeting requests, but will be available to you via phone and email if a need should arise. We want to provide you with the resources currently available to business owners at the state level, as well as some local news and information about the effort to contain this virus. We will continuously update this page with the latest news and information. 

Need us? 
Call 828-287-6200 

If you are a manufacturer in Rutherford County and are interested in helping with needed supplies in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak, please send an email to and copy me,, and include the following:

- Company
- Contact Name
- Email
- Phone 
- One sentence on what you can manufacture or help with
Thank you to all the manufacturers, across the nation, who have been willing to assist during this time of uncertainty! 



Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Guidelines
CDC Guidelines for Businesses & Employers
Interim guidance for businesses

North Carolina's Response 

Governor Cooper Issues Statewide Stay at Home Order
Governor Roy Cooper issues Executive Order 121, a statewide Stay at Home Order beginning Monday, March 30 at 5 p.m. until April 29, 2020. The Executive Order directs people to stay at home except to visit essential businesses, to exercise outdoors or to help a family member. Specifically, the order bans gatherings of more than 10 people and directs everyone to physically stay at least six feet apart from others. 
Read the Executive Order Here
Read the Press Release Here

Rutherford County Issues Stay at Home Order
A new Stay At Home Order from Rutherford County, the Town of Bostic, the Town of Forest City, the Town of Lake Lure, the Town of Rutherfordton and the Town of Spindale directs residents to stay at home effective at 6:00 am on Saturday, March 28, 2020. This Order will be in place for three weeks until April 17, 2020 at 6:00 am. The Order limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most basic and essential needs. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence.
Read Press Release Here
Read Proclamation Here

Rutherford County Short Term Rental Suspension Request
Read Request Here

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March 17: Governor Cooper's Executive Order closes restaurants and bars for dine-in service; makes unemployment benefits more widely available.
Governor Cooper Executive Order Covid-19 information
Have you lost your job due to COVID-19? 
Click here
to go to the NC Division of Employment Security Website.

North Carolina DHHS Resources 
How Businesses & Employers Can Prepare