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As COVID-19 cases rise, mask’s mandate returns to Durham :: WRAL.com – .


Everyone must wear face masks indoors in Durham, according to a new state of emergency from county and city officials.

LOCAL NEWS. THIS IS WRAL, A COVER YOU CAN RELY ON. >> DURHAM EMITS A NEW STATE OF EMERGENCY. GOOD EVENING, I AM JULIAN GRACE. IT WILL ENTER INTO FORCE MONDAY 5:00 PM. THE ORDER WILL REQUIRE ALL RESIDENTS OF DURHAM TO WEAR A MASK, WHETHER THEY ARE VACCINATED OR NOT. AARON IS LIVE WITH RESPONSE FROM BUSINESS OWNERS. >> Reporter: CITY CUSTOMERS ARE USED AT THESE SIGNS ON STORE FACADES, OR BY ENCOURAGING THEM TO WEAR FACE COVERS INSIDE. CUSTOMERS AND BUSINESS OWNERS SEE IT AS AN ADDITIONAL STEP TO GUARANTEE THE SAFETY OF ALL. A NEW STATE OF EMERGENCY IN STATE AND COUNTY CALLS WEARING FACE COVERS IN ANY INDOOR BUSINESS, PUBLIC PLACE OR ESTABLISHMENT. >> I THINK THIS IS A GREAT IDEA. I SUPPORT HIM 100%. WE DON’T KNOW WHAT THE VIRUS IS DOING. AND, WE ARE NOW BACK TO WHERE WE WERE. >> Reporter: AT EXOTIC CLOTHING STORE, MANAGER HAKEEM TELLS ME THAT THE NEW DIRECTION HASN’T HAD A BIG IMPACT ON HIS BUSINESS. >> I NEVER UNHOOKED THE PANEL FOR THE MASKS. SO IT IS ALWAYS GOOD IF SOMEONE HAS A COLD OR A Cough. >> Report: OVER THE LAST MONTH THE POSITIVE PERCENTAGE INFECTION RATE IN DURHAM COUNTY HAS DOUBLED FROM 2.3% TO 4.6%. THESE STATISTICS INVITED CITY OFFICIALS TO ACT. >> THIS IS THE DIRECTION WE DEFINITELY DIDN’T GET TO PUT INTO WORK. >> Reporter: MARK ANTHONY MIDDLETON SAYS DECLARING A STATE OF EMERGENCY IS MEANING TO RESPOND TO THE SEVERITY OF THE CHANGING PANDEMIC. >> WE DIDN’T GET OUT OF THE WOOD YET. WE ARE BETTER THAN BEFORE, BUT NOT GET OUT OF THE WOOD YET. >> Reporter: HARWOOD SAYS SHE WILL DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO KEEP SHE AND HER FAMILY SAFE. >> PUTTING ON A MASK IS THE LESS YOU CAN DO. >> Reporter: NOW I HAVE ASKED COUNCILOR MIDDLETON HOW THIS MASK MANDATE WILL BE FULFILLED. THE CITY DOESN’T WANT TO FIND PEOPLE OR ARREST PEOPLE, BUT RATHER THE DURHAMITE BUSINESS OWNERS AND EMPLOYEES ARE AGREEING AND ENCOURAGING THEM TO WEAR A MASK. >> THIS IS A GOOD MESSAGE FOR

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