Pender requires masks for unvaccinated people in county buildings

PENDER COUNTY –– As cases and hospitalizations of Covid-19 climb, Pender County has announced it will require face coverings for unvaccinated people in all county buildings.

The new mandate goes into effect Tuesday, Aug. 24, at 8 a.m. It applies to both employees and the public.

The county is also strongly encouraging virtual meetings among county employees until the Covid-19 virus “is contained.”

“Because COVID continues to spread, the Pender County Board of County Commissioners approved a recommendation to establish a mask or face covering requirement. We are taking this cautionary measure for the safety of our employees and citizens,” Chad McEwen, Pender County manager, said in a press release. 

Meanwhile, the county school board has not budged on its mask-optional decision.

Walk-in vaccinations are available every weekday at the health department in Burgaw or at the Hampstead County Annex between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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