For almost a year health officials have told us to wear masks to stop the spread of COVID-19.
And despite study after study proving that “public mask wearing is most effective at reducing spread of the virus when compliance is high,” there are still many who refuse to believe this fact and want to get on with their lives, as if the 490,000 people who died from COVID-19 in the United States were expendable.
Recently, a restaurant in Florida captured some attention when they shared a sign reflecting their views on face masks.
“A friendly reminder that we DO NOT require Face Masks,” BeckyJack’s Food Shack wrote.
The food shack, which is located in WeekiWachee, Florida is part of Hernando County where face masks aren’t required at businesses.
“According to the Governor’s Office, the Governor’s Executive Order does not mandate the use of masks. However, it is recommended that customers, employees and employers consult CDC guidance, and utilize face masks when social distancing measures cannot be maintained.”
While face masks aren’t required, other protocols are enforced, including groups of less than 10, appropriate social distancing, and indoor seating limited to 25% capacity.
While the CDC has issued guidelines for restaurants and bar operators, which suggest masks for both employees and customers along with hand washing and social distancing, the guidelines “are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which businesses must comply.”
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