NC Remaining in Phase 2 for 3 More Weeks, Face Masks Mandatory in Public

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has announced that face masks are now mandatory in public places in North Carolina. 

Cooper said people must wear face coverings in public places (indoors or outdoors) and where physical distancing is not possible. 

Face masks will also be required for all employees and customers of retail businesses and restaurants, as well as workers and manufacturing, construction meat processing, and agriculture settings, Cooper announced. 

Gov. Cooper said there are a few expectations to this face mask rule, including people with medical conditions and children under 11, people who are at home and people who are walking and others otherwise exercising outside when not within six feet of others. 

Cooper also announced on Wednesday that North Carolina will remain in Phase two of reopening for another three weeks. 

"I've been clear that data and science would lead the way in following that standard," Cooper said. "It's clear that our numbers will keep us from moving ahead into the next phase of easing restrictions." 

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