Orange County has mandated the use of face coverings, starting June 12th, 2020, at 5 p.m.
The face covering requirement, which went into effect at 5 p.m. Friday, June 12, applies to:
- All customers, employees and other users of restaurants and grocery and retail stores while they are indoors.
- All occupants of public transportation vehicles.
- Anyone in an indoor or outdoor situation where they cannot maintain a 6-foot physical distance from others.
Face coverings are not required:
- For people whose religious beliefs prevent them from wearing a face covering.
- For those who cannot wear a face covering due to a medical or behavioral condition.
- For children under 12 years old.
- For restaurant customers while they are dining.
- In private offices.
- When complying with directions of law enforcement officers.
- In settings where it is not practical or feasible to wear a face covering when obtaining or rendering goods or services.
- While with family or household members.
To help residents comply with the requirement, and to help slow the spread of the virus, the Town of Carrboro is giving away free masks and face coverings to those who need them.
From the Town of Carrboro’s press release of June 12th, 2020:
Orange County has mandated the use of face coverings in indoor or outdoor situations where people cannot maintain a 6-foot physical distance from others. By covering your face when you are out in public, you help reduce the risk of infecting those around you.
The Town of Carrboro is implementing a community mask/face coverings distribution plan, developed with guidance from the Town Council.
This plan targets the most vulnerable communities during the first phase of distribution, including low income neighborhoods, African American, Latinx and Immigrant communities and senior living facilities. Direct distribution to these communities is underway. Masks are also available for those in need at Carrboro’s police and fire stations. See below for details.
“We hope to satisfy the expected demand of any resident who may be in need,” said Town Manager David Andrews. “This effort responds to the Council’s interests to ensure that everyone in our town has access to masks to protect public health and slow the spread of the coronavirus in our community.”
Thus far, all cloth masks being distributed to the public have been donated to the Town. The Town has acquired almost 2,000 from donations through the Facemask Warriors, Sports Endeavors and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The Town also has received 4,000 masks from the Orange County Emergency Operations Center. Additional masks will be ordered to meet the need.
There is a bin located outside the Carrboro Police Department if you would like to donate masks.
Free masks/face coverings available for pickup
Carrboro Police Department
100 N. Greensboro St.
Monday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Carrboro Fire Department
Fire Station 1, 301 W. Main St. and Fire Station 2, 1003 Hamilton Road
Wednesday and Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m.