Amid the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 and how it will continue to affect our return to a new version of normalcy, there are new rules being enforced due to the steep trajectory of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in our region.
Uncertainty and confusion is frustrating, especially when your own wellbeing and the wellbeing of your loved ones is at stake. Although we’re all eager to return to the comfort of our normal day to day routines, it’s important for ourselves and everyone around us to stay as up to date as possible on the situation surrounding COVID-19, and the recommended precautions for how we should take care. Our firm is here not only to advocate for your wellbeing, but to be a reliable resource of information so you can best adhere to legal requirements and keep yourself healthy. Check out some of the commonly asked questions related to North Carolina’s stay at home policy phases and find out the best ways to follow procedures while staying safe.
What is the CDC suggesting?
The CDC has strongly suggested wearing cloth face coverings whenever in public, to protect not only yourself but those around you. Even simple cloth masks (not surgical masks or N-95 respirators) can help protect you from contracting illness as well as prevent you from infecting others. This is especially important because even if you experience no symptoms of illness, you could potentially be a carrier to more vulnerable people.
What is state government suggesting?
On June 24th, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper reinstated a required face covering mandate for all North Carolinians, relevant to any citizen while they’re out in public. This ties into the overall continuation of Phase 2 of Cooper’s Safer at Home policy, postponing increased openings of bars and other retail businesses.
The new Mecklenburg directive does not incorporate town-owned properties in Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Mint Hill and Pineville.
Do I still have to wear a mask every time I leave the house?
Governor Roy Cooper’s mandate requires that people must wear face coverings while in public places, whether they’re indoors or outdoors, if you’re unable to maintain 6 feet of distance from those you don’t share a household with. This means a face covering will be legally required for day to day activities like getting groceries, picking up takeout, retail shopping, going to restaurants and personal care businesses, and outdoor leisure activities.
Is anyone exempt from wearing a mask?
Although the CDC suggests face coverings to prevent the spread of infection, this suggestion does not apply to kids under 2 years of age, individuals who have trouble breathing or who are unable to remove their mask without assistance. Roy Cooper’s state mandate requires face coverings in public apart from people with certain medical conditions, children under 11, people in their own homes and people exercising outdoors who are maintaining six feet of distance from others.
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