Connecticut is ditching indoor mask mandate - will restaurants keep theirs?

With Connecticut ditching indoor mask mandates, businesses have a tough decision to make - will they do the same?

News 12 Staff

May 14, 2021, 10:01 PM

Updated 1,110 days ago

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With Connecticut ditching indoor mask mandates, businesses have a tough decision to make - will they do the same?
Businesses can decide whether to require masks. Henry Lopez, the owner of Public Wine Bar says he's dropping the rule, but servers will still be wearing masks.
Plexiglass dividers will also stay up except at the bar.
"I'm going to space it up a little bit. I'm going to space it up. You know, I'm trying to - probably, like, every two chairs is going to be a gap between them," says Lopez.
Gov. Ned Lamont says those who are unvaccinated should still wear a mask inside, but enforcement is up to businesses.
"At this point, I think people are going to self-attest. I hope we can count on them to do the right thing," he says.
Customers say that is going to be a problem.
"You know, like, if you're with a bunch of friends and you don't have your card or anything to prove it - what, are you going to say, no? And maybe be told you can't come go in the restaurant? I mean, I'm just not sure how it's going to work," says Margaret Von Heyn, a customer.
Tablao, an outdoor spot, does not require masks outside - but starting next week, wearing a mask inside, even for waiters, will be voluntary.
"You know, we are not policemen. We have to enforce something that will be common sense," says Galo Aleman, the owner.
Connecticut's mask mandate doesn't end until next Wednesday. To help businesses navigate the new policy, the state plans to send out detailed guidance early next week.


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