Buncombe officials will enforce social distancing, mask mandates

Buncombe County has thrown down the gauntlet at businesses violating COVID-19 safety guidelines. Fletcher Tove, the county’s emergency preparedness director, is giving them one last chance: Fix the behavior now, or risk a formal citation — or a potential ban on all alcohol sales after 9 p.m. 


This weekend, a task force consisting of public health officials, members of the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department, Asheville...