- Jesus Arambula
No Mask Policy
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It's been evident through the pandemic that many states and establishments are not tolerating the many mandates that Biden has implemented. One of these states is Texas, where the people and small businesses are not implementing the mask mandate. The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, signed an executive order to ban mask mandates across the states. This ban affected not only local businesses but also health care facilities in the state. However, people have been getting more severe regarding this mandate that even some places have banned masks in general. This mask ban went so far that a couple got kicked out of a bar wearing masks inside.
Earlier this month, Natalie Wester and her husband went to a local bar named Hang Time Sports Bar and Grill. Along with them, they brought their 4-month-old son, who has cystic fibrosis, and the couple was not aware of the bar's no mask rule. After sitting down at the place, one of the waitresses walked over to them and advised Natalie and her husband to take their masks off because of the manager's policy. "Our manager sent me over because I am much nicer than he is. And yes, this is very political," said the waitress. The waitress then tells Natalie that the masks are not allowed in the building and that the owner can make up their own rules since it's a private business. She continues to say that the mask "doesn't work, is like using a chain-link fence to keep out mosquitoes, and doesn't give people enough oxygen." The waitress finally tells them if it's an issue, she can close the check for them, and the husband agrees and left without causing a scene.
Natalie posted this event on her Facebook page, informing the "no mask" rule. Natalie wanted to share her experience regarding the place because she was "shocked at the level of ignorance in our country" and that the pandemic could worsen because of people's mentality and sites like Hang Time. The owner of the business, known as Tom, was not aware of the child's compromised immune system and mentioned that regardless of the state of the child's well-being, he would continue to enforce his "no mask" policy at the place. "I have spent my money on the business, my blood sweat and tears in this business, and I don't want masks in here," he said.
The business does not have a "no mask allowed" sign outside or in the window, so it is difficult to know its rules. Instead, the owner has the hostess or waitresses walk up to them and inform them of the policy.
What do you guys think about the "no mask" rules in places? Should the owner have given them an exception for their child? Should the owner take down the "no mask" rule altogether? It certainly is a health hazard, considering the rise in Covid cases recently.