Even with 60,000 COVID-19 cases, enforcing mask mandate is challenging
Even with over 60,000 COVID-19 cases and a mandate from the Governor and Mayor, many people in Raleigh are choosing to not wear masks.Posted — Updated
But some people are still choosing not to wear them.
For multiple weekends, crowds have flocked – without masks or social distancing – to the businesses around Glenwood South. The business owners there have faced their share of challenges with trying to encourage customers to follow the mandate.
Some owners are even handing masks out to make sure customers follow the state's mandate.
Signs that read ‘Masks Are Required’ are posted at the Dogwood Bar and Eatery.
Ballance said the biggest challenges is not being able to manage the long lines in the streets, where often times people don’t wear a mask.
WRAL News has reached out to Raleigh and Durham Police departments to see if any citations have been issued to businesses, and will report when more information is released.
Free masks for hardest-hit communities
For some locals without masks, free masks will be available soon. Wake County is teaming up with Raleigh and Wake Med Hospital to provide free masks for those in Southeast Raleigh.
The pilot program plans to distribute 30,000 masks to the areas hit hardest by the virus.
Anyone living in the 27610 zip code will be able to grab a mask for free.
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