15 businesses in NC warned: Follow guidelines for masks, social distance

Posted November 3, 2020 12:57 p.m. EST
Updated November 4, 2020 1:00 p.m. EST

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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has begun warning individual businesses that they must get in line with Gov. Roy Cooper's executive orders that require masks and social distance to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The state has sent 15 letters to businesses since Oct. 19 based on complaints from the public.

Wayne County, County Manager Craig Honeycutt shared a copy of the letter and summarized the complaints.

“These complaints were not generated by county officials, but rather private citizens. We were not made aware of any issues with local businesses prior to receiving the copies of the letters,” Honeycutt said.

He shared one of the letters addressed to a business in Goldsboro, with identifying information about the company blacked out.

The letter begins, "We have received complaints regarding non-compliance with applicable face covering and social distancing requirement(s)."

Businesses that get the letter are required to sign and return an enclosed form, committing to following the governor's guidelines.

"Be advised that violating any provision of the Governor's Executive Order is a Class 2 misdemeanor," the letter says. "Continued failure to cooperate and abide by the restrictions in the Executive Order may result in further actions ... or referral to law enforcement."

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