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The mayor of Raleigh, Mary-Ann Baldwin, has now made face masks a requirement, effective June 19th at 4 p.m. The order will stay in place until further notice.
The mayor described going to a grocery store on Saturday and seeing many people without masks, which caused her “great discomfort.”
“The more people who wear this – the sooner they can come off,” she said.
According to the proclamation, anyone in the city of Raleigh must wear a mask or face covering if they come into contact with people outside of their household in a public or private space where social distancing isn’t possible.
Locations where masks will be required are:
- Grocery stores
- Business locations
- Parking lots and sidewalks
- Public transit
Face coverings will not be required for:
- Those whose religious beliefs prohibit it
- Medical reasons
- Children under 12
- Restaurant patrons while dining
- Private, individual offices
- While complying with law enforcement
- While with family
- In settings where it is not practical or feasible to wear a mask such as while swimming or at the receipt of dental services.
“Our police officers will not going to be citing who are out there not wearing masks,” Baldwin said. “But they are going to say, ‘hey, wearing a mask can help other people,’” the mayor said.