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Masks will not be required in Davidson, commissioners vote on mandate

Published: May. 19, 2020 at 11:17 PM EDT
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DAVIDSON, N.C. (WBTV) - It’s official -- you will not be required to wear a mask in public in Davidson.

Town commissioners voted Tuesday night in a virtual meeting to decide whether mask-wearing would be mandatory.

There are two main reasons the mandate failed.

The first: Commissioners could not agree how police would be able to enforce people wearing masks.

The second: Commissioners did not want to cause too much confusion – they said it would be a challenge to let visitors know of a mask requirement.

Commissioners ended up giving discretion to business owners. In a 4 to 1 vote, town leaders decided if businesses want customers to wear masks, they will have to post a sign out front to give customers a heads up of that request. If a business doesn’t mind you going without a mask, that’s fine, too.

Commissioners say businesses should start posting signs as soon as the state begins phase 2 of reopening.

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