Citing the increase in COVID-19 cases, Raleigh's Mayor with support of City Council, is requiring face covering use in indoor spaces within the City limits as of 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 13. This requirement will be in place regardless of a person’s vaccination status.
In addition, the City strongly encourages mask use in outdoor spaces when social distancing is not possible.
“The number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase in our community and across the state at an alarming rate,” said Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin. “The idea that we can hope COVID-19 will just go away on its own is not a reality. It’s time to take responsible action and today we are taking an important step to make sure the people of this community, and those who visit us, remain healthy and safe.”
Mayor Baldwin also encouraged vaccinations.
“We must remain vigilant and committed to doing everything we can to keep one another safe,” she said. “It’s going to take all of us, working together, to reduce the spread of this highly contagious virus. But the single most important thing we can do to slow the spread of COVID is to get vaccinated. I encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated as soon as possible so we don’t have to go back to shutdowns and stay-at-home orders.”
Employee Vaccination and Testing
The City is requiring its employees to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 by Sept. 17 or be subject to weekly tests for the fast-spreading virus.
Raleigh joins multiple North Carolina governments, companies and healthcare systems in this effort to protect staff, residents, patients and customers. The City is offering incentives to encourage staff who haven’t gotten vaccinated to roll up their sleeves and take the shot.
Active, full-time City employees who are already fully vaccinated or get fully vaccinated by Sept. 17 will receive $250 and two days of bonus leave. There will also be a partial incentive for part-time employees.
They must attest to receiving either a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine to receive the incentives.
Employees who choose not to get fully vaccinated by the Sept. 17 deadline must get tested weekly for COVID-19. This requirement will remain in place until Wake County’s positivity rate is less than 5 percent and there is no significant or high community transmission.