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North Carolina Mask Requirement Will Officially Go Into Effect This Week

Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina has announced that face masks will be mandatory in public places statewide. North Carolina's mask requirement will go into effect starting Friday, June 26 at 5 p.m. The Governor has also issued an extension of the Safer at Home Phase 2 order.

The second phase has been in place since May 22 and was originally set to end this Friday, June 26 at 5 p.m.

The extension will now leave this second phase in effect until at least July 17 at 5 p.m., which also added on the requirement of face masks and coverings in public spaces.

Cities including Raleigh, Boone, Knightdale, as well as Orange County had already been requiring face masks in public since last weekend prior to the statewide order.

"I urge everyone to be a leader in wearing face coverings. I encourage businesses to be strong in enforcing it." Cooper tweeted. "Slowing the spread helps our economy, and these face coverings do that."

According to the executive order, "Citations related to this Order can be written to businesses or organizations that fail to enforce the requirement to wear face coverings." 

As of now, citations won't be given to the general public for not wearing a mask, but law enforcement can enforce trespassing laws if masks aren't worn by visitors inside of businesses and organizations.

Retail businesses, restaurants, salons, personal care facilities, and more are required to have all employees and customers wear face coverings while they are inside the building and are unable to be six feet apart.

Some businesses like bars, nightclubs, amusement parks, movie theatres, bowling alleys, and skating rinks will remain closed until Phase 3 begins.

You can purchase factory-made cloth masks, or sew and improvise your own using fabrics as long as it covers the nose and mouth and can stay on the face in a fitted fashion without holes or gaps.

There are some exceptions to the rule which includes, those under the age of 11, people with medical conditions, when doing strenuous exercise or outdoors and able to maintain social distancing, while eating or drinking, while communicating with someone who is hearing-impaired that may need to see your mouth to most effectively communicate, alongside a few others.

The executive order states that no proof or documentation will be required of anyone who falls into a category of exception.

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