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Local Businesses React to Governor Evers' Mask MandateSubmitted: 08/01/2020
Story By Nate Meihak

Local Businesses React to Governor Evers' Mask Mandate
RHINELANDER -

After the Governor's decision, Mel's Trading Post made it clear; wear a mask or wait outside.

"Employee and customers, use a mask," said owner, Mitch Mode, "If people don't want a mask we can serve them at the front or curbside service."

But for Mel's, having customers wear a mask is nothing new.

"We've used masks, today is just another day of doing masks. Quite honestly, doing pretty well and people are pretty comfortable with it," Mode said.

In other places, however, masks may not see practical, such as, Papillon's Cafe.

"I don't think it's affected us at all. You've got all the retail stores that require masks now, so it's just a part of life right now," said employee Becky Dittel.

However, the restaurant is still encouraging their patrons to wear face coverings, they just want customers to be smart about it. 

"Our owner suggested that you wear your mask in, order your food, then your food comes out, of course, take your mask down and eat, then put your mask back up." 

For some businesses, staying safe and comfortable is a top priority. Masks or not.

"We're not going to deviate from what we think is the best practice for employees," Mode added, "if people don't want to wear masks we'll try to accommodate them at the door. We do that because we think it makes sense." 





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