CHARLOTTE – Why aren’t you wearing a mask? Are you making customers wear masks? You know there are criminal penalties for not making employees and patrons wear masks? Did you know the statewide mandate requires you to wear a mask in public? What can we do to make you comply?
This isn’t quite the pestering many of us have witnessed from overzealous self-appointed protectors of public health; this will be what Charlotte area residents will be subject to from officially sanctioned ‘Mask Ambassadors.’
“[…] Bilingual mask ambassadors from diverse communities will soon be frequenting businesses across Charlotte and surrounding towns, ensuring residents are following crucial health guidelines to slow the spread of COVD-19.
Environmental health inspectors, typically trained to monitor food safety, will also help with Mecklenburg’s compliance efforts, County Manager Dena Diorio told county commissioners Wednesday night.
“We think that education and informing can actually go a long way,” Diorio said of the county’s new program. “We’re really looking forward to getting started.” […]
Residents should remain vigilant in following health guidelines, especially wearing masks and social distancing, Harris urged.
North Carolinians have been required to wear masks in public settings since late June, though police officers cannot enforce Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order against individual violators. To date, mask enforcement has largely fallen on business owners, who are asked to require patrons to wear face coverings while also juggling a range of other coronavirus precautions. […]
Elaine Powell, vice chair of the county commissioners, said she supports tightening Mecklenburg’s enforcement approach, which many elected officials described as too lax during the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m not in Wonderland — some people need a penalty. They’re sassy and don’t understand how serious this is,” Powell said, while simultaneously asking for more hopeful messaging as outbreaks continue. […]”
A professional squad of nagging inspectors to make sure you’re doing your part for the public good, following the rules issued from on high to make sure you’re morality is in line with the collective.
Remind you of anything?
Read more about the plan for ‘Mask Ambassadors’ here.