COVID-19 Policies & Practices – Updated Aug 18, 2021
Please be aware of the following operational updates and restrictions in accordance with state and local guidelines related to COVID-19.
Current operations include:
- The Arboretum is currently operating under its Spring Property Hours schedule. The property is currently open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., with the incoming gate closing one hour prior at 8 p.m..
- The Baker Visitor Center and Bonsai Exhibition Garden are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
- Although the Education Center remains closed at this time, first-floor restroom access is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. via the Bistro doors.
- The Connections Gallery Gift Shop is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside the Baker Visitor Center.
- The Bent Creek Bistro is currently open for window service in the Education Center courtyard from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays. The indoor dining room remains closed at this time.
- The Rocky Cove Railroad has resumed operation for the season. Trains run Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 4 p.m. through October (weather permitting).
- Guest Services staff are available for assistance at the Baker Visitor Center Information Desk.
On August 18, 2021, Buncombe County Commissioners voted to declare a local State of Emergency requiring residents and visitors in any indoor space in public to “maximize protection for the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others.”“Effective immediately, indoor public spaces businesses, offices and workplaces, public transportation facilities and vehicles and indoor places the public is invited and allowed to enter and gather, shall wear a face covering (mask). This order applies to all persons at least 5 years of age. Face coverings are recommended for all persons over the age of 2 years of age.”
- Youth education campers and staff involving youth will continue to wear masks through the end of the camp season, which ends in late August. Further determinations will be made when additional guidance is available.
Thank you again for your loyalty and support. We look forward to seeing you soon!