Ad Spot

Requirements for face coverings go statewide

At 5 p.m., Friday, June 26, 2020, the North Carolina statewide order to wear face coverings went into effect.

Dare County’s mask requirement, implemented at 9 a.m., Sunday, June 21, was aligned with the Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 147 “for consistency and to eliminate confusion amongst the public,” states Update #13 from Dare County’s Department of Health and Human Services.

In North Carolina, 58,818 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases have been identified by Friday, June 26. Presumed recovery was set at 36,921 individuals on Monday, June 22.

This past week, new cases have risen by 6,017, with three daily case totals over 1,000.

Hospitalizations on Friday totaled 892, with 23% hospital beds and intensive care units available. For respirators, 874 are in use out of 2,468 available.

The Executive Order cites the increases in key metrics, as reasons for the face mask requirement and for extending Phase 2 reopening until July 17.

The Executive Order delineates 10 specific areas where face coverings are required:

All workers must wear face coverings in retail businesses, restaurants, personal care, grooming and tattoo businesses when they are or may be within six feet of another person.

Restaurants “must have all customers wear face coverings when not at their table, unless the customer states that an exception applies.”

In retail businesses, customers are required to wear face coverings when inside a business and may be within six beet of another person.

The Executive Order addresses wearing face coverings in child care facilities, day camps and overnight camps, public or private transportation and high-density occupational settings where social distancing is difficult, like construction sites.

Surgical masks are required in meat or poultry processing plants and long-term care facilities.

Exceptions to wearing a face covering include:

– medical or behavioral condition or disability.

– under 11 years of age.

– actively eating or drinking.

– strenuously exercising.

– communicating with someone who is hearing-impaired and requires the mouth to be visible.

– speaking for broadcast or to an audience.

– working at home or in a personal vehicle.

– temporarily removing face covering to secure government or medical services or for identification.

– wearing face covering creates risk at work.

– face covering impedes visibility to operate equipment or vehicle.

– is a child whose responsible adult has been unable to place a face covering safely on the child’s face.

Declaring a face covering exception is on the honor system.

Citations are only written against businesses or organizations failing to enforce the face covering requirement. Law enforcement is not authorized to criminally enforce the face covering requirements.

However, if a business or organization does not allow entry to a worker, customer or patron who refuses to wear a face covering and who refuses the leave the premises, law enforcement may enforce trespassing laws and any other laws the person may violate.

READ ABOUT MORE NEWS AND EVENTS HERE.

RECENT HEADLINES:

Dare Board of Elections looks at alternative voting sites

Gov. Cooper signs bill giving $350 bonuses to teachers

News

Sunday night wreck in Frisco results in fatality

News

Feeling sleepy? Bear cub takes a break at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

News

North Carolina gas prices fall slightly over past week

Lifestyles

Fishing on the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

Crime

North Carolina man charged with murder in drive-by shooting of teen girl

Hyde

Airplane flips after landing at Ocracoke airport

Crime

North Carolina police investigating drive-by shooting that claimed life of 12-year-old

Crime

Virginia man arrested for domestic assault in Rodanthe

News

William B. Umstead Bridge speed limit temporarily lowered for purple martins

Crime

Virginia man arrested in Nags Head after traffic stop

Lifestyles

Outer Banks Anglers Club to hear from artificial reef coordinator at next meeting

Crime

Former North Carolina resident sentenced to prison for bribery, visa fraud, tax charges

Hyde

Drone trial delivers supplies to Ocracoke Island

News

Comments open on proposed Buxton and Avon nourishment projects

Currituck

Shingle Landing Park opens in Moyock

News

Retired magistrate called back to active duty

Lifestyles

New bicycle exhibit opens at Roanoke Island Festival Park

Crime

North Carolina man sentenced to five years in prison, three years of supervised release for firearm charge

Crime

Two men dead after interstate shooting in North Carolina

Lifestyles

Hundreds gather to witness release of two sea turtles at Coquina Beach

News

Major North Carolina hospital systems to require staff to get COVID-19 vaccine

News

Firefighters rescue multiple children from North Carolina house fire

Lifestyles

Outer Banks Community Foundation grant deadline nears

Crime

Cooper announces reward for information on Guilford County murder