Many Guilford County residents were hoping the Guilford County Board of Commissioners would do away with the current mask mandate at the Thursday, Feb. 3 meeting.
However, those people will have to wait a little longer. The commissioners did discuss the current state of the coronavirus in the county at length, but in the end, took no action on the mandate.
At the meeting, there was a dramatic change in tone from speakers from the floor compared with a January meeting at which the commissioners implemented the current mask mandate. In January, every speaker from the floor was opposed to the mandate, while, at the start of the Feb. 3 meeting, nearly every speaker spoke in favor of it.
The mandate implemented last month requires all citizens to wear masks when indoors at public places such as stores and restaurants – with few exceptions, such as when a person is actively eating or is trying to communicate with someone who is hearing impaired.
Guilford County Health Director Dr. Iulia Vann told the board that the mandate was helping keep the county’s COVID-19 numbers from rising as fast as they were in nearby counties.
“Our positivity rates did increase, however, compared to our surrounding counties that do not have a mask mandate, Guilford County has stagnated in the growth of that positivity rate,” Vann told the board.
The February 3 meeting was held virtually due to the current levels of COVID-19 in the county.
Commissioner Mary Beth Murphy said that, when the commissioners implemented the mandate, they agreed to review it periodically and she was glad they were doing that.
“It definitely is clear to me that the mask mandate is something that we continue to need in our community, given the ongoing impact of COVID and the high level of community spread,” Murphy said after hearing the report on the latest virus stats for Guilford County.
Like anyone expected different?
Enough!!! Repeal this mandate
Enough is enough. This is INSANE. Cloth and surgical masks do nothing to stop this virus. Like trapping mosquitos in a back yard with a fence. Smdh
No more masks!!!
Obviously, the ruling party wants to continue their fear mongering ways. So flipping stupid! I REFUSE to wear mine. Done.
I wonder if this so called “doctor” and Dictator Alston know that Omicron is just like having a mild cold??!! Do the citizens that spoke Thursday like being controlled and scared by those who don’t care one little bit about them?
My family and I will continue not to shop in Guilford County until this ridiculous mask mandate is lifted!!
Anitvax neighbor would disagree. He caught omicron and toughed it out for the first few days but ended up call ambulance late at time and spending a couple days in hospital. He is in great shape for a guy in his mid 50’s.
That aside, I do agree the mandate is having little effect at this time as people just want to get back to normal. If you are fully vaccinated, it really should be ok to unmask at this point.
I’ve been unvaccinated and unmasked the entire time and it’s been ok the entire time
Why I go to businesses out of Guilford County and eat outside of it too. King Skippy can only rule around here (for now).
So sad as we just lost J&S Cafeteria to this mask mandate as the owner stated his business fell 80% the day after the current mask mandate was implemented. I’m sure it’s happened to others.
Meanwhile at my house in SC it’s wide open for businesses as it is also in other parts of NC.
Hope you are happy King.
It’s all about Control, He and Nancy Vaughn are the worst, Skip need to sell Hot Dogs again, talk about a racist he needs to look in mirror
I hate Greensboro. Motherd and children have no rights. If the masks are helping, why is covid on the rise? I wish I’d never moved here. It’s ruined our lives.
No. Absolutely not. No more masks on my face.
Stick a mask where you sit Skip. Moron
Apparently our County Commissioners haven’t heard the latest data on masks offering less than N95 filtration. They’re USELESS!
Since the Commissioners met Covid 19 cases have dropped dramatically in North Carolina as have hospitalizations. Simply because the Omicron variant has run its course.
Uninformed or less than intelligent people acting on poor information attempting to lead the way will make the handling of Covid in North Carolina look like the Afghanistan withdrawal last August.
It makes you wonder if these people still actually believe the little paper face diapers work, or if they’re just on a massive power trip. Perhaps exercising control over others is what excites them, in which case they are just intellectually masturbating.
What a bunch of wankers are the Guilford County Commissioners.
There might be a Mandate, but it is CERTAINLY NOT being adhered to! Every store and restaurant I have been in over the last month have had non-maskers and none of the workers are reminding folks of the requirements. We need more effective compliance!
Agree that no one is following. Comish should read the room and drop the mandate and let the unvaccinated take their chances. There is no way to enforce except to put already over stressed front line workers in the path of a bunch of Karens. Greensboro hospitals have done really well so far, I suspect they can handle this last run off of infected….
If you’re so afraid stay home and huddle by the fire, free Americans are tired of all this Government control.
This time, Skippy recruited a bunch of mask supporters to speak in favor. This ain’t ‘rocket science!’
There have been several comparisons of adjoining jurisdictions – one with a mask mandate, the other without;
no appreciable difference in COVID cases.
Masks are such a CROCK! Even the much ballyhooed N95/KN95 masks (assuming that you have a real one and not a knock-off) filters only down to about 3 Microns. The average aerosol virus is 1 Micron in diameter. Fill up a bucket with marbles and toss it against a chain-link fence to see what I’m saying. If you can smell cigarette smoke or flatulence through it – it is doing NOTHING to protect you or anyone else from the virus.
During my military service, I was, for a time, a Chemical, BIOLOGICAL, and Radiological Warfare Officer. I have a pretty good idea of the kinds of filtration it takes to protect a person from aerosol viruses. These masks – even if they are the real thing – and even if worn correctly – will NOT do it. It’s about flexing the muscles of political power, not health that this crap is still going on.
Can you believe that the wonderful Democrats Commissioners have made a decision that masks are necessary because of the spread of the virus!!!!!! Would Comm Murphy that had an input to say that a spread of the virus was going on !!! Question to you Ms Murphy what are the statistics to back up what you said . Are there 30 % affected ,20% affected or what is the number in Guilford County for affected people.Do you know?????I saw a report from John’s Hopkins that said there were .02% affected.I talked with a couple guys from the Burlington area just recently,they indicated that they very seldom came to Greensboro to shop because they were always requiring masks and Burlington was not.Ms Murphy At least get properly informed before making statements that you can’t back up.
Is SKIP just waiting for Roy to tell, him what to do?
You can control who speaks at these meetings. I am not wearing a mask indoors at any business, including the Post Office. I am not the only one. I am fed up with govt.
What wrong with these people. Masks are ineffective and won’t stop the spread of covid. I will not wear the damn mask.
Follow me around and see how well it it’s being observed.
So in spite of the mask mandate, our Covid rate is rising, but because of the mandate, it isn’t rising as fast as it would if we didn’t have it. Do these people really think they are G0d?
We need to fine the businesses who allow people in without masks along with the people who aren’t wearing them. It states in this article that the masks are “required”. Who is enforcing it?
As they will continue to do until we vote their arses out.
Well they can’t look like baboons because the county just handed out over 100,000 masks. All those people waiting for hours for a mask and then don’t have to wear it… hahhahhha. It is over, deal with it.
The speakers in favor of the mandate were either paid actors or suffered from serious Covidian Psychosis. Either way I’ll be out and about showing my smile around Guilford County and making purchases in Rockingham County
I will not wear Skippy’s fear. I have not. I will not. Everyone was extra nice everywhere I went out and about today. The employees most places enjoy seeing a smiling face rather than face diapers with grumpy eyes. Skippy can keep the mandate up as long as he wants to at this point – it’s easier to find friends with brains because I can also see their smiles. The unintelligent boring folks kindly comply with these ridiculous “mandates” from Skippy – wearing their little face diaper as though they are women under Taliban rule. They also just blend right into the background like farm animals in a pasture (some of these human sheep even wonder around huffing and making farm animal noises!!!).
Right! Masks are a progressive “burka”.
Mandate Freedom! ICH BIN EIN TRUCKER!
Denmark drops all Covid restrictions.
Who is more liberal, Guilford County or Denmark? Get with it Guilford.
All concerned parents need to speak out like this Virginia mother who tells all to the Board of Education! Don’t still back and let the crazy far-left liberals control our children. Mask do not work for children and science has proven such. Watch this and share it with all concerned parents. https://rumble.com/vu4qyh-virginia-mom-speaks-the-truth-to-education-schools-board.html
Know the science! Think again before you get your child the COVID-19 vaccine! Read the facts. Get the science. Read this and share it with all parents! https://liberalwatch.com/british-government-report-says-children-up-to-52-times-more-likely-to-die-following-a-covid-shot/
That misinformation has been going around since last year. But you go ahead and source a clearly biased news source. That myth, like most misinformation, takes from a kernel of truth….but improper use of data.
You ‘do your own research’ types always provide the worst sources. What a joke.
We shop and dine in Burlington and Graham.
For a real eye opener about Dr. Fauci. read the book The Real Anthony Fauci Bill Gates,Big Pharma. by Thomas J. Dilorenzo. Really scary stuff about our government
Throw the bums out! Literally.
I will not even go into GSO due to this stupidity. Masks do not stop viruses! Besides the rise in cases is from the jabbed! Follow the science of Israel. Del Bigtree Highwire breaks it down. So sick of politicians, fear and propaganda. God blesses truth tellers. HONK HONK
Fortunately, there aren’t many places enforcing this and nobody really cares any more. Fewer people care what the county commissioners think or want.