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COVID-19 UPDATES

Sapphire Valley Resort, North Carolina

Resort, Local, County, and State News, Updates, Resources


COVID-19 UPDATE: Short term rentals permitted.
Wearing of masks and social distancing strongly encouraged as area shops begin to open! 
The great outdoors just may be safest place to be - Sapphire Valley. Come. Play - Safely!

North Carolina Moves to Phase 2 - Safer at Home

Please scroll down for Resort and State Specific Updates

Resort Amenities

Sapphire Valley Resort Amenities will begin to open for the 2020 season with new social distancing guidelines starting on May 4th. Scroll down for new usage policies and more news.

Sapphire Valley Covid Updates

Red Bird Golf and Footgolf will open Monday, May 4th. Hours of operation will be Monday – Sunday 8:00AM – 5:00PM.
SV Community Center will open Monday, May 4th for amenity card purposes only. Hours of operation will be Monday – Friday, 8:00AM – 4:00PM.
Fairfield Lake & Boat Dock will open Wednesday, May 6th. Hours of operations will be Wednesday – Saturday, 9:00AM – 5:00PM.
SV Racquet Club & Pickleball will open Monday, May 18th. Hours of operation will be Monday – Sunday 8:00AM – 5:00PM


Please see the update below regarding the Recreation Center
policies and procedures upon opening:

Outdoor 5' pool is limited to 10 persons with a 90-minute time limit.
Outdoor 3-4' pool is limited to 10 persons with a 90-minute time limit.
Indoor Pool is limited to 10 persons with a 90-minute time limit.
Outdoor kiddie pool will be closed until further notice.
Indoor Pool ONLY will be reserved for an adult swim only from 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM.
Indoor jacuzzi is limited to one household or 2 unrelated persons all over the age of 14. 15-minute time limit.
Sauna is limited to one household or one person all over the age of 14. 15-minute time limit.
Changing rooms/shower areas will be available allowing 2 persons at one time.
Bathroom and vanity areas will be available allowing 2 persons at one time.
All guests will be required to check-in upon entering and check-out when exiting.
We will NOT provide pool towels. Please bring your own.
We will NOT provide any seating or umbrellas in the outdoor pool area. Please bring your own chair or umbrella if you wish.
Putt-Putt Golf will be open to one household at a time. 60-minute time limit.
Gem Mining will be open to one household at a time. 30-minute time limit.
Tanning Bed is available by appointment. Please call 828-743-1171.
Staff will be sanitizing the high touch areas every 2 hours and there will be sanitizer available for guest use as needed.
Social Distancing of 6 feet is required at all times.
Fitness Room is closed until further notice.
Game Room is closed until further notice.
You will be required to sign a waiver upon entering the facility.
The Recreation Center will be open 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM with the outdoor pool area closing at 8:00 PM.
Our opening date is scheduled for Saturday, May 30th. You may experience delays and wait times, so we ask you to please be patient.


May 22, 2019 Resort News Letter

NC Governor Roy Cooper ordered we move into Phase 2 by issuing Executive Order 141 that is scheduled to begin on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 5:00PM and expected to remain in effect through June 26th, 2020 5:00PM. Please have patience as we begin the reopening process. This process could take up to a week in order to get the proper staff and procedures implemented to follow any state guidelines. Based on the restrictions imposed below is an update:
 
Cancellations
· The Sapphire Valley Annual Yankee Doodle Dandy Day, scheduled for July 4, 2020 is cancelled.
· The Sapphire Valley Arts and Crafts Festival scheduled for June 20th & June 21st ONLY is cancelled. The festivals for August 8-9 and October 3-4 are NOT cancelled.
· Sapphire Valley Kids Camp will NOT operate for the 2020 Summer. We hope to resume this program in the Summer of 2021.

Expected Openings
· Fairfield Lake is now open 7 days/week 9:00AM - 5:00PM allowing groups of 25 people while maintaining 6 feet social distancing.
· The Sapphire Valley Recreation Center is anticipating opening the indoor and outdoor pool areas beginning May 30, 2020 at 8:00AM at limited capacity. Please note the locker rooms and shower areas will not be available. The showers by the pools will still be available to rinse off before entering the pools. We are also requesting you bring your own chair or pool towel. No towels, chairs or patio loungers will be provided at this time.
· The Sapphire Valley Gem Mine area will be allowing one family at a time beginning May 30, 2020 at 8:00AM.
· The Sapphire Valley Putt Putt area will be allowing one family at a time beginning May 30, 2020 at 8:00AM.
· Pavillion areas around the track area and boat dock area with only groups of 25 people while maintaining 6 feet social distancing.
· The Sapphire Valley Community Center is currently open Monday - Friday, 8:00AM - 4:00PM to issue amenity cards. We will be adding new activities soon and will update everyone accordingly.
· Red Bird Golf Links is still open 7 days/week 9:00AM - 5:00PM
· Sapphire Valley Tennis and Pickleball is still open 7 days/week 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Remaining Closed

o Sapphire Valley Fitness Room
o Sapphire Valley Game/Arcade Room
o The Vordach Zipline


The policies below are in PDF format.  Copies will be provided for you at the amenity. 

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Red Bird Golf

Sapphire Valley Resort
Red Bird Golf & FootGolf

Policies & Procedures During COVID-19

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Fairfield Lake

Sapphire Valley Resort
Fairfield Lake

Policies & Procedures During COVID-19

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Racquet Club & Pickleball

Sapphire Valley Resort

Sapphire Valley Tennis & Pickleball Court Usage
Policies & Procedures During COVID-19

Sapphire Valley is located in Jackson County, North Carolina.   You may visit their web site:
[Jackson County Department of Public Health]
...for information on
- Total COVID-19 Lab Confirmed Cases in Jackson County
-Daily COVID-19 Testing Updates
- COVID-19 Testing Options in Jackson County


Current Emergency Declarations Impacting Sapphire Valley

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper - 
[Moving NC into Phase 2 ]
[NC COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDERS WEB SITE]

North Carolina Phased Opening

Governor Roy Cooper and NCDHHS Secretary Cohen announced that North Carolina will move into Safer At Home Phase 2 on Friday, May 22 at 5 p.m. After two weeks in Phase 1, the state’s overall key indicators remain stable but the continued increases in daily case counts signal a need to take a more modest step forward in Phase 2 than originally envisioned. Read the FAQs and view the Phase 2 Guidance.

Phase 2 lifts the Stay At Home order moving into a Safer At Home recommendation, especially for people at high risk for serious illness. Teleworking is also urged when possible.

Mass gathering limits in Phase 2 will be no more than 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors in most circumstances. These limits apply to the following: event venues; conference centers; stadiums and sports arenas; amphitheaters; and groups at parks or beaches.

Some businesses will remain closed in Phase 2 including: bars; night clubs; gyms and indoor fitness facilities; indoor entertainment venues such as movie theaters, and bowling alleys.

Certain businesses will be open at limited capacity with other requirements and recommendations including: restaurants at 50% dine-in capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements; personal care businesses, including salons and barbers, at 50% capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements; pools at 50% capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements. Employees of personal care businesses will be required to wear face coverings.

Childcare facilities, day camps and overnight camps will be open with enhanced cleaning and screening requirements. Retail businesses allowed to open in Phase 1 at 50% capacity will continue at that level.

Public health recommendations are provided for worship services to practice enhanced social distancing and other cleaning and hygiene practices.

The Safer At Home Phase 2 runs through at least Friday, June 26.


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Music in the Valley

Valley Musicians Create ‘Virtual Concert’

Sapphire Valley, NC: Residents and guests in Sapphire Valley were used to having a choice of restaurants offering musical entertainment several days per week. With 3 of these 4 restaurants now closed and the other offering take-out only, everyone is not only missing great food, we’re missing the music!


Musicians love to play – anytime – anywhere!
So, we gathered many of our valley musicians together to support these restaurants, to create a virtual fund-raising concert!
These musicians have played for years at Table 64, The Cork and Barrel Lounge, Micas, and were set to have an opening party at the new SlopeSide Tavern, when all was shut down.
This virtual concert may be viewed anytime herel