Faced with the concerns of constituents and complaints from business owners, Dare County will require face masks to be worn in any public setting where social distancing will be difficult to maintain.
The requirement applies to Dare County only. That would be the Village of Duck south to Hatteras Village. It does not apply to the Corolla Outer Banks.
The exceptions to this rule will be in restaurants when patrons are eating, people with underlying health conditions, and children under the age of 12.
The decision comes amidst a spike in cases in Dare County. Although there have been only 44 cases in the county to date, there have been 12 new cases in the past week.
Dare County Commissioners and the Dare County Control group had made wearing a facemark voluntary. The hope was that voluntary compliance would be sufficient to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the county.
Trends Lead to Wear Face Masks
With what amounts to a 38% increase in the number of cases in the county in one week, county officials felt they had to take action.
North Carolina currently has almost 49,000 confirmed cases of the disease, with most of the cases occurring in urban area. A decision about moving to Phase 3 of the reopening plan is scheduled to be released next week. Phase 3 would allow gyms and movie theaters and other venues that are currently closed to reopen, although at a reduced occupancy.
Because the trends in COVID-19 new cases in the state have shown a marked increase, as well as an increase in the percentage of positive tests in the expanded testing, it is uncertain if the Governor will move the state to Phase 3.
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