Eugene businesses react to new mask requirement

Some business owners told KEZI 9 News they expect customers will be respectful of the new mandate.

Posted: Jun 30, 2020 3:43 PM
Updated: Jun 30, 2020 6:45 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – A day before a new face covering requirement goes into effect in Oregon, local businesses are working to prepare for the new rules.

Some business owners told KEZI 9 News they expect customers will be respectful of the new mandate.

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Josh Aldersong at Morning Glory Cafe said the mandate will be more of an understanding between the restaurant and the customers. He said his customers are community minded, so he doesn’t expect there to be any issues.

In compliance with the new rules, once diners have been seated, Aldersong said there’s enough distance between tables that people will be able to take off their masks and eat and drink comfortably.

He said employees shouldn’t feel like they are having to police anyone. And if they do need to report someone who refuses to comply, he’s not yet sure who to contact.

"We've had a lot of people respect the voluntary mask requirements and we're hoping you know that people understand what we're trying to accomplish with this," he said. "I'm glad it's becoming something that's going to be required so we don't feel like we have to assert ourselves as much."

Meanwhile at WAGS, a pet store off Oakway Road, partitions are in place and cleaning has been increased – measures that have in effect for weeks now.

Owner Jodie Maddox told KEZI 9 News she also believes people will be respectful, but if they choose not to wear a mask, they will have the option of curbside pickup and delivery, which will continue after the pandemic.

"If they can't (wear a mask) for some reason -- if they have a medical condition -- where their doctor says, 'Don't wear a mask,' we are happy to do curbside service -- all they have to do is call us and we'll get whatever they need, take their credit card over the phone. We also have delivery service in the Eugene-Springfield area," she said. 

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