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July 4, 2020

Talkback: What readers say about mask mandate

Editor’s note: The Post solicited comments about the state’s new mask mandate through an online survey for a story published Sunday (“Locals react to start of state’s face covering mandate”) and received more than 150 by Monday. The following are more excerpts.

I have a daughter who lost her job due to the pandemic and who is immunocompromised so she cannot find another job at this time. She also cannot do simple tasks, such as going to the store or get gas, due to other N.C. residents refusing to take measures to keep others safe against the virus. 

Something as simple as wearing a mask while they are around others — imagine that being too much to ask?

— Angel Barber

Salisbury

Until now, I’ve been afraid to go into stores because so many people here aren’t wearing them. 

Today was the first day I ventured out to do local shopping because I felt safer. If you want the local economy to pick up, make face coverings mandatory. Otherwise, I’ll continue to order from Amazon.

— April Sherrill

Spencer

I have been wearing a mask in public since March. I have made some and got some from friends as a present. I think we all should wear one in public places, I am glad it is mandatory now.

— Yasmin Harris

Salisbury

I will be wearing mine! Maybe if we didn’t leave phase one so early we might have control of the virus.

— Kristin Stauffer

Salisbury

Indications are that, if we all wear masks, we could get back to something close to normal much sooner. This is not about my rights; it is about doing what is right. To quote Romans 13: “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:For he is the minister of God to thee for good.”

— Luke Hamaty 

China Grove

I struge to breathe in a face mask, but I wear them long enough to run in the store and out. I wear the paper type, not cloth. 

As a teacher, I’ll do whatever is necessary to get our kids back in school. I miss them and love seeing them in the community but I need to physically see them and really make sure they and their families are ok.

— Sandra Heartley

East Spencer

It is now clear that vulnerable populations are more likely to have severe symptoms when infected. Wearing a mask is small gesture of solidarity, of loving our neighbor.

— Flora Calderón-Steck

Millbridge

The mandate is a good start, but it does not go far enough. We had a chance to do this on our own so we could open up businesses. Too many people didn’t listen so now we are facing the terrible consequences of that. Our governor had to make masks a mandate. He needs to add fines to this. I don’t think his mandate will change anything unless people have a more direct financial consequence.

— Natalie Errante

Salisbury

A Christian response demands that I put the safety of others before my own. That mandate from Jesus is very clear.

— Andria Cantrell

Salisbury

Essential workers dont have a choice about being exposed to unmasked individuals. They are violating the rights of the workers to work in a safe and healthy environment. Workers have rights and we need to protect those rights!

— Tatiana Abbott

Rockwell

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