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Winston-Salem mayor considers mask requirement for city ahead of governor's announcement, officials say

Mayor Allen Joines said he’s considering a mask requirement and is waiting to hear from Gov. Roy Cooper regarding a statewide mandate.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem mayor Allen Joines announced Tuesday the possibility of a mask requirement for the city of Winston-Salem.

Joines told WFMY News 2, he’s considering a mask requirement and is waiting to hear from Gov. Roy Cooper about a statewide mandate for North Carolina.

Mayor Allen Joines said if Cooper does not end up requiring masks statewide, he is prepared to enforce the requirement citywide.

Joines told WFMY News 2, he is leaning heavily towards putting a mask requirement in place.

He said he is convinced wearing a mask can help in preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

Joines did not give a time frame as to when the requirement would begin, if he does decide to put it in place.

He said he would likely have the mask requirement go into place after Cooper’s announcement regarding a decision on a statewide mandate.

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