Right now, unincorporated Guilford County falls under a mask mandate, while the county’s two largest cities and some other local municipalities do not.
On Thursday, Jan.13, that could change when the Guilford County Board of Commissioners meets in its role as the Gulford County Board of Public Health. Many people know there’s a mask mandate but have some questions as to exactly what the rules are for unincorporated Guilford County – and what those rules could soon be for everyone in the county.
Here’s the bottom line in a nutshell: “(1) Individuals must wear Face Coverings when indoors in all businesses, establishments, and public places. (2) All businesses, establishments, and public places, whether for profit or not-for-profit, must require that all persons wear Face Coverings when indoors on their premises.”
The ruling put in place by Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston last week will presumably be very close to, if not identical to, a proposed new county-wide mask mandate that could go into effect for the entire county.
Here are some specifics: “As used in this Rule, businesses, establishments, and public places includes schools, colleges, and universities, both public and private. Further, as to residential facilities, including but not limited to apartments and dormitories, this Rule applies to indoor portions of such facilities that are used by persons not residing within the same dwelling unit, such as common areas.”
It’s also important to note that businesses and other establishments are covered by the rule whether or not they’re open to members of the public.
Ultimately, the county welds the threat of fines for those who don’t comply, but, so far under COVID-19 mask mandates in the county, that’s only happened in a few continuous and egregious cases.
There are some exceptions to the rule. Masks don’t have to be worn in the following cases:
- When someone shouldn’t wear a face covering due to any medical or behavioral condition or disability. That includes people who have trouble breathing, or who are “unconscious or incapacitated, or is otherwise unable to put on or remove the Face Covering without assistance)”
- When allowing sight of one’s mouth is necessary – such as when mask removal is needed for “facilitating communication with individuals with a hearing impairment, or to assist in speech therapy and other similar circumstances.”
- When someone is under five years of age
- While “actively eating or drinking.” (“Actively” is a key word there.)
- While giving a speech or performance for a broadcast, or to an audience, when they maintain a distance of at least 20 feet from audience members
- When someone is Is working at home or is in a personal vehicle
- Someone can temporarily take down their mask “for identification purposes to secure government or medical services.”
- When someone would be at risk from wearing a face covering at work – as determined by local, state, or federal regulations or by workplace safety guidelines
(9) When their Face Covering impedes visibility while operating equipment or driving a vehicle
(10) “When a child – whose parent, guardian, or responsible person has been unable to place the Face Covering safely on the child’s face”
(11) Is alone in an enclosed space, such as a room, office or vehicle. (An enclosed space includes cubicles that reach from the floor to a height of at least 6.5 feet.)
There are some other things to keep in mind as well: “Worship, religious, spiritual gatherings, funeral ceremonies, wedding ceremonies, and other activities constituting the exercise of First Amendment rights are exempt from all requirements of this Rule, notwithstanding any other provision of this Rule.”
The new mandate also states who should not wear a mask: Children under two years of age.
I absolutely hate that politicians decide they can be parents to all of their constituents. Those of us that qualify by age are adults and have lived our lives without politicians telling us how to take care of our health for years, in my case, almost 64 years. I do not need some politician who doesn’t know my particular circumstances dictating what I should do for my health. If they would just go out to the stores in their district they might see 95+% of the folks out there are already wearing masks. We don’t need a mandate and we sure as hell don’t need additional parents in the form of elected officials.
They have been mandating vaccines for decades. They make you wear seatbelts. They limit the speed you drive. They require testing of newly purchased homes for unhealthy chemicals. They mandate massive amount of rules for public food service. Public Health is an area where government does have a role. You can certainly disagree with this mandate given their lack of use of data this time around…but you can’t deny the role government has in public health.
May seem like I am splitting hairs but I am sick of the whining about ‘mu freedum’ and ‘dem unly wunt to controooool yous’. Decisions others make can and does impact the public health overall.
Most of the examples you list are state statutes made into law by our elected state legislature. A mandate is not a law. Apples and oranges Chris. The government does have a role in public health as is represented by the Guilford County board of health. Aren’t the members of that board health care professionals, counselors, doctors or other folks with expertise in the health field?
Fair enough criticism. The alternative is to have State level decisions made regardless of our local circumstances? Kinda like NYC gun laws apply to upstate NY rural areas?
The triangle area is far more densely populated and also takes into account their major hospitals in scope of their decisions on public health mandates. Do you want them to determine policy for Greensboro? THAT is also apples and oranges isn’t it?
Absurd false analogies! Are you really that thick?
Notice Peter’s reply. And my response. A real conversation as can be had in a comment section of news. You just spew hate with a childish mentality.
But you call conservatives Nutters, don’t you?
Is that hate?
Just curious chris where is it exactly that people talk like that. You really are a moron. Your ticket to Russia or China is waiting on you. Please take advantage of the offer before it’s too late
More childish hate from grumpy Will. Yawn.
No hate here chris just wait until we have gulags in this country it will have liberals names all over it.
You take the shots and be happy YOU and all others like you are “safe”. Leave everyone else alone. So many holes in all that drivel of yours. These “vaccines” are not the same as any other mandated vaccines. They are new and developed on the fly and unproven. So tired of hearing people whine about a virus that has 99.8% survival rate. Kick rocks with the fear mongering.
Billions have taken the jab. No mass issues.
Massive amount of data studied proven it’s effectiveness in reducing serious illness.
800k+ dead in US.
800k + hospitalized with serious illness
Countless others sick for extended periods and lingering symptoms.
Those are facts. We are indeed close to putting this behind us as the survival has increased a great deal but you do massive disservice to the millions that have suffered from the virus with your dismissiveness.
HUGE problems with the jabs. More VAERS reports than all other vaccines combined.
Exactly which of those were put in place by county commissioners who declared themselves, with zero experience or knowledge, the county board of health? None. Not one.
In any event I won’t be complying and haven’t. My kids don’t wear masks. This has gotten beyond stupid. They mandate a cough mask weeks after the CDC admits they are nothing but face decorations?
These people are morons. Some of them have kids too!!! Their kids are going to grow up to hate their parents, and no one would blame those kids because their parents are morons.
Unfortunately, parental guidance is needed! If grown ass folk would’ve done the correct thing and wore their masks from the start, perhaps we’d be in a much better & safer place! While I agree that the government shouldn’t be imposing or acting parental, I disagree with YOU on this particular matter. #WearTheDamnMask #GetVaccinated and stop whining. The sooner we all comply and do the right thing, the sooner we can get our lives back!
We Will Not Comply
cloth masks are baloney. So are surgical masks as worn by the vast majority. DO NOT COMPLY with this BS.
Beat a dead horse some more….it’s not dead yet
Does the county commission have the authority to make laws? I looked up their role and they don’t have this authority.
Over 150 peer reviewed studies showing masks are worthless in stopping the spread of the virus and even the CDC admitting that they are little more than face decorations, so the ignorant pizzle of a county manager mandates masks! So, Skippy, where’s the science?
All peer reviewed studies say the same thing. Cloth masks by themselves are not statistically impactful, Surgical Masks work if worn properly and N95 masks work the best. Everyone knows this now. Even most nutters acknowledge that the real weakness is people and their misuse of masks. Especially kids in schools.
Stop with the anti-science lies. It is getting old and boring. Address the real issues and have a mature conversation about what is and isn’t working.
There is only one nutter in these comment columns, and we all know who it is.
Those “studies” claiming N95s work show they might help – for a whopping 15 minutes. So why extend this to children? Why not just mandate at large stores where they might help? It’s nothing but virtue signaling. No actual virtue.
They don’t work. Period. Infection rates are identical between good little sheep wearing their masks and those of us who know the definition of aerosol.
It’s nothing more than power hungry fools feeling good about themselves harming children and masking waitresses. Nothing.
I won’t comply and I’ll be laughing at all the sheep who do.
Chris you are a moron.
Idiots! Alston must go!
If Skip Alston were to get his way he would just shut down the entire community and the economy. Then we would really have issues trying to bounce back better!
This foolish mask theatre is just for show and does no good whatsoever. People will get the omicron virus whether they are wearing a mask or not. This is just playing to the democratic fear and their control over people who know common sense to how to protect themselves from the virus. Have some faith in citizens to do what is right for themselves, their business, and the community. Skip Alston is NOT a medical doctor and should not be allowed to make these unlawful demands on the citizens of Guilford County.
I am so much looking forward to turning over the County Commissioners in November and putting some common sense back into politics and policymaking. Can’t wait for 2024 to retire Skip Alston from his dictatorship.
When is the medical community going to wake up and work on a rapid cure to whatever virus comes out next? That is what is being done in a smart way in many other countries and the Red States in the US. This virus is here to stay. It is not killing people like the first round. In most cases no worst than a common cold. Read the science. Follow the facts and not the Biden politics.
Who will be dumb enough to go out and buy expensive N95 masks? Cloth masks and general masks 99.99% of people are using do not good whatsoever.
Where can I mail all the masks found on the streets, in parking lots, in the bathrooms, in restaurants on the floor, filling our street sewer systems? Anyone got Skip Alston’s home address. I can send him a box of used masks.
Since I voted for and supported Trump for President in 2020 I must assume I have a “behavioral condition” and I am exempt from this possible mandate. Is that correct Skip?
Since Skip has a “hearing impairment” does this mean I can talk to him without a mask? He obviously does not listen to the public and those who know the facts.
Well put, Fredrick!
GIS is an excellent tool for looking up public property information. Give it a try.
Well stated compliant against the mandate. Not bad for a Trump voter! I just appreciate your not tossing out all the anti-science BS I see some much here. Refreshing.
I see the mask mandate as local officials trying to look like they are doing something when they actually have little impact at this stage (real need is for Biden to improve testing availability but he has dropped that ball). I would prefer they continue to push for vaccines as they don’t stop the transmission but appear to lessen the impact on hospitalizations which would finally get us to a herd immunity.
It’s 2705 West Vandalia Rd.
Did Jerry Seinfeld write these?
The parking lot of a “liberal community” parking lot with all its (dead) masks strewn about looks like a pond after a fish kill. The fish sadly floating white belly up. Very disturbing and unsightly. Unsanitary.
Is it OK to fart in public?
This remark is about as ridiculous as the mandate.