Charlotte Mayor Asks Gov. Cooper to Make Face Masks Mandatory Statewide

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles called on North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to make face masks mandatory as COVID-19 continues to spread at an alarming rate in Mecklenburg County. 

In a tweet sent Tuesday, Lyles said, "I asked the @NC_Governor for a statewide requirement to wear protective face masks in public. I support this for all of our citizens because it provides additional meaningful steps to help combat the spread of COVID-19."

During Monday's Charlotte City Council meeting, Lyles and other city leaders shared the desire to make masks mandatory in public areas. Lyles said Cooper told North Carolina metro mayors that a statewide decision on face masks could come as soon as Thursday. Cooper reportedly told mayors he's looking at research surrounding masks before making a decision.

"We need to take an action sooner rather than later," said At-Large Council Member Dimple Ajmera during a virtual city council meeting on Monday. 

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