HILLSBOROUGH – Right on cue, Orange County has followed in the Woke wake of Durham in re-instituting indoor mask mandates for public places and businesses. The order applies to everyone over the age of two years old and goes into effect 5:00PM Wednesday and covers Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough, as well as the rest of the county.
While the move is yet another signal re-activate Pandemic Panic, it’s not a giant leap among the towns that have maintained a steady state of fear and futile restrictions since the advent began last year. That being said, the rest of the county might not be so big re-masking and now the vice squeezes in the form of vaccine mandates and passports as well.
From the Durham Herald Sun:
“[…] Masks have been required for visitors and employees in public buildings across the county since last year, and many local businesses, including Weaver Street Market, started requiring customers to wear masks indoors last week.
Some businesses also are requiring patrons to show proof of vaccination before being served indoors.
The Triangle area, including Orange County, was elevated last week to a “substantial transmission” of COVID-19 category under federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention metrics, with experts urging vaccinated and unvaccinated people to wear masks indoors. […]
Orange County’s new mask rule follows the city of Durham and Durham County requiring masks inside public spaces and businesses effective Monday night. Their rule applies to anyone 5 years old and up.
The town of Boone in Watauga County also is scheduled to implement a state of emergency Tuesday evening that requires everyone over the age of 2 to wear a mask, The Charlotte Observer reported. […]”
So the bluest counties and cities are doing their best to start a stampede back in the direction of panic and restrictions, this time with a nascent vaccine passport regime to help discriminate against the non-compliant.