CHARLOTTE, N.C. — For our neighbors up North, mandatory masks started last Friday.
According to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s order, even if you’re just visiting from South Carolina, you should wear a face covering in public places both inside and outside when you are within 6 feet of another person.
If you’re eating at a restaurant, you can take your mask off once your sitting at your table.
North Carolina officials say children over the age of 11 are also required to wear masks, but children under the age of 2 should not wear a mask.
There are also other exceptions. The full list is on North Carolina’s government website.
Now that almost all residents in North Carolina are required to wear masks, South Carolina businesses are stepping up to make sure people have access to them.
One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning and the Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Company handed out free face masks in Charlotte.
They handed out 3,000 masks at two locations on Wilkinson Blvd and Eastway Crossing.
Well we are locally owned and operated family businesses,” Tammy Kravitz, marketing director, said. “The second we heard it was mandatory to wear face masks in Charlotte and North Carolina as a whole, we wanted to make sure we were doing our part to make sure everyone who needed a face mask had one at no cost to them.”
Kravitz says if masks become mandatory in South Carolina, they will look at how they can give back and serve the Tri-County, as well.