We want to take a moment and reach out to all of our loyal guests and supporters with an update regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). First and foremost, our main priority is and always will be the safety of our guests and staff here at Cherokee Historical Association and our subsidiaries, “UntoThese Hills” and the Oconaluftee Indian Village. We wanted to provide you with information about the proactive planning efforts and actions that we are taking to ensure a minimal impact within our organization. We understand that situations like this maybe stressful and confusing at times, and we are very empathetic towards the confirmed patience and their families.
As we have all been made aware the coronavirus has made its way to the United States and North Carolina, however as of March 15th, there have been no positive diagnoses on the Qualla Boundary (ECBI Reservation). We are working closely with our regional partners and are following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for guidance. In additional, we are monitoring the situation daily with updates from experts in the field and consulting with peers through our professional networks and organizations.
As our 2020 season approaches for the Oconaluftee Indian Village and Unto These Hills, we are closely monitoring the CDC updates and guidelines for any changes to ensure we are prepared and planning accordingly. We will continue to take measures in line with recommendations from the CDC, state and local health officials.
The Cherokee Historical Association works hard to preserve and perpetuate the history and culture of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and earns 75% of its revenue from ticket sales. Any impact on our regular ticket sales puts our mission at risk. If you are able and would like to help during this very trying time please make a donation.
During this tumultuous time we ask that our guests please focus on taking care of what is in their control:
- Anyone who feels ill in any way, including having a fever of 100 degrees or higher within the last 24 hours, please stay home until you fully recover.
- Your best defense is to wash your hands often, especially before eating and before/after use of communal electronics, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap isn’t accessible, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Wash hands or use hand-sanitizer after blowing your nose and to discard tissues into the trash immediately after use.
- Avoid touching your face, especially eyes, nose and mouth.