Although Gov. Roy Cooper on Monday increased rules and penalties over the statewide mask mandate to combat coronavirus, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said it will continue its policy of issuing citations only as a last resort.
That means Charlotte residents likely will not see much of an immediate risk for a criminal citation over failure to wear a mask.
The new executive order from the governor will, for the first time, explicitly give law enforcement officers the ability to directly cite people who fail to wear masks. The order is a significant departure from previous COVID-19 regulations that favored education over punitive action.
But in a statement to the Observer, CMPD indicated it will maintain the status quo seen throughout the pandemic.
Cooper gave North Carolinians a “stark warning” Monday afternoon, announcing the new order that adds further mask-wearing requirements to existing state orders. The governor also lauded tough measures in