Charlotte indoor mask mandate begins Wednesday, Mecklenburg Co. Board to vote on county-wide mandate


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – A new mask mandate requiring businesses to enforce mask-wearing indoors begins in Charlotte Wednesday as the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners decides whether to extend the rule to the rest of the county.

“The numbers have risen high enough, fast enough that we felt we had to get the community’s attention by putting in a mandate,” said Health Director Gibbie Harris at a news conference Monday.

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles said Monday that the Queen City would institute the mandate beginning August 18 to bridge the gap between Wednesday and when a county-wide mandate could go into effect.

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“It is not an overstatement to say that getting a vaccine and wearing a mask is a matter of life and death,” the mayor said. “Unless we do better on getting shots in arms, this won’t be the last time we have to mandate masks or other measures.”

If board members vote to extend the mandate to the rest of the county, the earliest it would go into effect is next Wednesday, August 25.

County Commissioners are set to meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday at a special meeting to decide on the mask mandate.

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