North Carolina is the first state in the south to issue a mask mandate, joining only a few states nationwide to require people to wear face coverings in public areas. North Carolina residents be required to wear face coverings in public and the state will pause its phase 3 reopening plans. Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday, calling the recent virus numbers “a stark warning.”
Coronavirus cases around the country have been increasing and on Wednesday saw its highest daily case total since April. North Carolina is currently in “phase 2” of its reopening plan, with retail and restaurants opening with restrictions and social distancing requirements. “The numbers we see are a stark warning, and I’m concerned.