North Carolina Business Cited For Mask Violations

Published: Jul. 2, 2020 at 3:13 PM EDT
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(WCNC/NBC News) - Police in Lincolnton, North Carolina have issued a criminal summons to Burton Farms General Store for not enforcing the state’s COVID-19 mask mandate.

According to the summons, Jonathan Burton's downtown store repeatedly allowed customers not wearing masks to shop inside without a worker first asking if those customers were exempt from the governor's mask mandate.

Captain Brian Greene, who issued the citation, said the department got involved after city hall received complaints about the store.

The captain said he first spoke to Burton to educate him about the order, but Burton ultimately decided to accept the summons.

A reporter from NBC affiliate WCNC visited the store Wednesday and saw a sign at the entrance stating, “Anyone on these premises that is not wearing a face-covering will be assumed to have an honorable exemption.”

The reporter saw none of the employees wearing masks during his visit.

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