Weaverville says ‘no’ to Buncombe County’s mask mandate

By Clint Parker

Weaverville, NC – The Town of Weaverville is saying no to Buncombe County’s requirement for all employees and customers in commercial facilities to wear face coverings.

The requirement by Buncombe County, which came out Friday in the face of more businesses reopening, covers businesses such as restaurants and retail stores as well as other public settings. It does not require mast to be worn outdoors, and churches would be exempt from the rule.

However, the town is no longer following Buncombe County’s rules as was made clear by Weaverville Town Manager Selena Coffey in an email to Weaverville Business leaders late Friday afternoon.

“As you will recall, the Town of Weaverville withdrew from Buncombe County’s May 1 “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, opting to follow Governor Cooper’s Executive Order instead,” she wrote. “For this reason, today’s Buncombe County order mandating masks is not applicable in the Town of Weaverville. In keeping with the Governor’s Orders, we strongly encourage the use of face coverings, but the Town is not mandating them.”

The non-compliance with Buncombe County rules does not prohibit business owners from requiring the facemasks. A stop off at Blue Mountain Pizza which reopened for takeout this week made it clear that the owner is taking extra precautions as only one customer was allowed in at a time and mask were required. Masks are available for those not having one. The cashier said business has been brisk since they reopened.

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Clint Parker

Publisher & Editor Weaverville Tribune

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