Right on the heels of Durham County and the city of Durham announcing its indoor mask mandate, Orange County and Chapel Hill announced on Tuesday, August 10, that masks would be required while people are indoors.
This goes into effect at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 11. This means anyone heading out to a bar or restaurant after work today will need to have a mask. Customers are asked to wear masks at all times when they are not actively eating or drinking.
As of today, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 4,963 new cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina. 2,304 people are currently hospitalized because of the virus across the state.
Reinstating the mask mandate is just one step, but other restauranteurs, like Pizza Mercato, at 408 West Weaver Street in Carrboro, have announced that it will require proof of vaccination to dine indoors. Pizza Mercato owner Gabe Barker told the News & Observer that he wants his customers to feel safe in the restaurant.