Many Charlotte businesses favor new mask mandate but some wary about enforcing it

Even as some Charlotte-area business support the new statewide mask mandate as novel coronavirus cases spike in North Carolina, others worry that enforcement could be a problem.

When Gov. Roy Cooper extended Phase Two of the safer-at-home order on Wednesday for at least another three weeks, he mandated a statewide face mask rule to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Face coverings will be required for everyone when they are out in public effective at 5 p.m. Friday.

Enforcing the rule largely falls on businesses to have all employees and customers wear face coverings inside and follow six feet of social distancing.

Businesses can be cited for failing to enforce the requirement. If a person refuses to wear a face-covering inside a business or organization attempting to enforce the order, law enforcement can enforce trespassing laws, according to the order.

There are a few exceptions, such as medical, or behavioral

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