Town supports businesses who want customers to wear masks

By Clint Parker

Weaverville – Just days after the Town of Weaverville said they would not be following Buncombe County in mandating customers and workers to wear masks in businesses, the town is printing signs for businesses who wish to require or strongly encourage masks to be worn by their customers.

In an email to business owners, Weaverville Town Manager Selena Coffey told recipients of the email “The Town has prepared the attached 2 signs that we encourage businesses to use:

  1. Sign strongly encouraging the 3 Ws (Wear face coverings – Wait 6 ft apart – Wash your hands or use sanitizer) as set out by the Governor.
  2. Sign stating that the business requires a face covering and notes that failure to comply will be deemed as trespassing and the business will enlist the assistance of the Weaverville Police Department in escorting those that do not comply off business premises. You may use this for your business and the Town is prepared to support you if your business has chosen to require face coverings.”

She goes on to say, “In addition to these signs, the Town will be posting large banners throughout Town noting the 3Ws. These should be received tomorrow (Wednesday, May 27) and will be posted as soon as we receive them.

“I have printed copies of both of the attached signs and you may retrieve copies at Town Hall’s lobby from 9 am – 11 am and 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm weekdays,” Coffey said ending the email.

The policy of whether to wear a mask or not has divided people as much as politics. In a Tribune Facebook poll more than 400 responses were received to the question: Do you agree with Town of Weaverville’s policy to not require masks for workers and customers inside businesses or should they follow Buncombe County and make it mandatory to wear them inside businesses?

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Clint Parker

Publisher & Editor Weaverville Tribune

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