The Carrboro Town Council passed a resolution at its May 5 meeting recommending that citizens wear a mask or other facial covering when they are in public and unable to maintain a 6-foot distance between themselves and others.
The Town Council has provided exceptions from the recommendation for children under the age of 5, and people who cannot medically tolerate a facial covering over their nose and mouth.
The resolution also states that it is especially important for people to wear facial coverings or masks when using public transportation.
Town Council member Randee Haven-O'Donnell, who wrote the resolution, said she believes it is important to keep Carrboro residents safe.
“One of the things they have found (is) that the particular size of the COVID aerosol is so small that it can stay suspended in the air for up to three hours,” Haven-O'Donnell said. “So it makes perfect sense for us to be aware of that and thoughtful of the fact that if it can hang in the air for that long, and if you’re going into a confined space it certainly makes sense to be covered."