Charlotte, you might be able to take those masks off sooner than you think. As noted on MeckNC.gov, effective August 31, 2021, the COVID-19 positivity rate had to be under 5% for four consecutive weeks before the mask mandate would be lifted. This has now changed. A new update on the mask mandate in Mecklenburg County states that masks can come off if the positivity rate stays below 5% for seven consecutive dates.
According to WSOC-TV, the mandate would automatically lift once that goal is met. Today, Monday, November 15th, the county reported the metric was 5.1%. This again will only happen if the positivity rates stay low so stay home if you are feeling sick. The seven consecutive day positivity rate is calculated on a rolling basis and includes all PCR tests reported to NC DHHS via electronic laboratory reporting. Using the seven-day rate lowers the possibility that random spikes increase the overall positivity rate.
Details of the mask mandate include the following:
- The mandate requires anyone 5 years old or older to wear a mask while indoors.
- This applies to stores, restaurants, movie theaters, gyms, offices, etc.
- A mask must be worn while indoors unless you are eating or drinking.
- Private schools, many of whom did not require masks, will now be under this mandate.
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