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Business owners predict mask ordinance will boost business

People in Mid-Michigan voicing their opinions Friday over Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s latest executive order on face masks.
People in Mid-Michigan voicing their opinions Friday over Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s latest executive order on face masks.(WILX)
Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 2:39 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -

Business owners anticipate the mask ordinance to have a positive impact on business.

Many businesses were already requiring employees to wear a face mask, now they will have to encourage customers as well.

A business is not required to deny entry to customers who are maskless, but the governor's order does suggest that would be one way to encourage mask use.

While owners will have to come with a new plan quickly, some predict it will boost business by giving customers a better sense of safety since everyone inside of establishments will be covered.

 “It’s not that we disagree with the rules. We agree with everything that’s been posted and we’re going to be in compliance with everything. We just have to figure out how to make that work for us and continue to be able to do business,” says Smokey Joe’s owner Kevin Hughes.

There is an exception for those sitting in restaurants or consuming drinks and food.

 Health care professionals say the order will help with slowing the spread of the virus and help us return to life as we knew it quicker. 

 “Everyone has a set of grandparents. Everyone has someone they love that is elderly and we’re finding out in the health care community that this is not something that’s only attacking the elderly. It’s also attacking children as well so if you have a youngster in your house you don’t know who don’t know whose life you could be saving by wearing that mask,” says health care provider Kelli Key Anderson.

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