Don’t expect a mask mandate anytime soon from the City of Greensboro.
Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston held a meeting with mayors of the towns and cities in Guilford County to drum up support for mask mandates.
Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan said that she would not support a mask mandate for the City of Greensboro. Vaughan said, “At this point we don’t have the personnel to support it. We have people out sick. We have people out with sick children and yesterday we had a big weather event that we will be dealing with for a couple of days. We don’t have the personnel to enforce even a temporary mandate.”
Vaughan said, “When I asked the county for temporary help in enforcement they said no.”
Vaughan said that invoking a mask mandate is not like flicking a switch and the light comes on. She said that there had to be advertising, notification and enforcement for a mask mandate to be meaningful and that she would not support a mask mandate that was not going to be enforced.
Vaughan added, “We want to partner with Cone Health and the county in bringing those numbers down, but it has to be a multi-tiered approach.”
Vaughan said that the city could and would help with getting the word out about best practices and what people should be doing to reduce the likelihood of becoming infected.
Vaughan said that she had put Cone Health in touch with the Greensboro Coliseum in hopes of opening a testing and vaccine center at the Coliseum.
Vaughan said that the kind of mask mandate she would support would be for employers requiring their employees to wear masks. She said, “That doesn’t put them in an adversarial relationship with their customers.”
“People feel strongly one way or the other about this and it’s not fair to put someone making $15 an hour in the middle of it,” Vaughan said,
Vaughan said that Greensboro would support the county in its decision but would not be implementing a mask mandate on its own and would not be able to help with enforcement.
Vaughan said that one of the problems Cone Health was having was that, because of the lack of tests available in the area, people were going to the emergency room to get tested. She said, “You can’t buy a test in Guilford County right now.”