Is North Carolina considering banning masks in public?

One headline you may have seen claims that North Carolina lawmakers are trying to pass a ban on wearing masks in public.

That’s true.

The Republican-controlled North Carolina Senate has already passed a ban prohibiting the wearing of masks in public.

It would repeal a law passed during the pandemic that allowed people to wear masks for health reasons.

Republicans say the new ban is necessary in response to people hiding their faces behind masks during protests on pro-Palestinian campuses.

The measure is now being considered by the North Carolina House of Representatives.