Decatur businesses hope possible mask ordinance doesn't cost them customers

The ordinance would require people to wear masks in restaurants, but they can take them off when they eat or drink.

Posted: Jun 30, 2020 7:51 PM
Updated: Jun 30, 2020 10:40 PM

Businesses in Decatur told WAAY 31 they're worried they could lose customers if a mandatory mask ordinance is passed.

"If it's mandatory, if they pass it I hope people adhere to it if they want to go out and eat, my hands are tied," Tyler Jones, the owner of Whisk'd Cafe, said.

Right now, Jones requires his employees to wear a mask while working. He doesn't require his customers to wear a mask. He said that'll change immediately if the ordinance gets passed.

"We have to abide by those laws, liability purposes," he said.

Jones and other local restaurant owners say they hope this doesn't stop customers from coming in.

"As a community I want us to be as safe as possible so wearing a mask I guess is kind of the ordinary. It's normal as of right now so I would just hope that people stay positive and still support local," Grace Davis, the owner of Curry's Restaurant and Catering, said.

Like Jones, her team wears masks while working but doesn't make it mandatory for customers to do the same.

Davis and Jones said they just hope customers understand why they'd have to change the policy if the ordinance is passed.

"I'd want to make everyone feel as comfortable, as welcomed, as possible, so if you're coming here I'd hope you would have the decency to wear a mask and sanitize if you come and walk through our door and just keep our community as safe as possible," Davis said.

"Mandatory is not a word people like to here, but I think at some capacity we've got to understand, civil liberty or not, if they want people to continue to thrive after this then we've all got to make some concessions," Jones said.

Huntsville
Broken Clouds
77° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 78°
Florence
Clear
76° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 76°
Fayetteville
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 75°
Decatur
Broken Clouds
77° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 78°
Scottsboro
Overcast
77° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 78°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 41362

Reported Deaths: 983
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson4532143
Montgomery3875102
Mobile3797134
Tuscaloosa210739
Marshall162210
Lee124537
Shelby110923
Madison11047
Morgan10203
Walker87123
Franklin86314
Dallas8419
Elmore83614
Baldwin7359
Etowah64413
DeKalb6415
Butler60727
Chambers60027
Tallapoosa57269
Autauga55312
Unassigned50724
Russell5030
Lowndes45820
Lauderdale4576
Houston4464
Limestone4290
Cullman4114
Pike4075
Colbert3775
Bullock3649
Coffee3592
Barbour3331
Covington3327
St. Clair3192
Marengo29911
Hale29621
Escambia2936
Wilcox2848
Talladega2827
Calhoun2805
Sumter27912
Clarke2686
Dale2620
Jackson2522
Winston2373
Blount2181
Pickens2176
Chilton2152
Marion20613
Monroe2052
Choctaw19212
Randolph1889
Conecuh1866
Greene1788
Macon1778
Bibb1761
Perry1541
Henry1303
Crenshaw1243
Washington1027
Lawrence1000
Cherokee797
Lamar711
Geneva700
Fayette671
Clay612
Coosa571
Cleburne301
Out of AL00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 46890

Reported Deaths: 620
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby10765195
Davidson10125115
Rutherford273335
Hamilton257730
Sumner150752
Trousdale14905
Williamson114814
Knox10225
Out of TN10098
Wilson85917
Putnam8147
Robertson80111
Sevier7333
Lake6900
Tipton6205
Bledsoe6181
Bradley6043
Bedford5205
Unassigned5161
Montgomery5137
Macon4213
Hardeman3143
Maury3113
Fayette3012
Hamblen2964
Rhea2740
Loudon2711
Madison2642
Dyer2321
Cheatham2201
McMinn21817
Blount2053
Dickson1940
Cumberland1744
Lawrence1435
Lauderdale1362
Monroe1365
Washington1340
Jefferson1210
Coffee1150
Gibson1101
Obion1062
Anderson1052
Hardin1037
Smith1031
Sullivan1012
Greene862
Franklin823
Haywood812
Wayne800
Cocke760
Marshall741
Hickman730
Warren690
Marion674
White653
McNairy640
Weakley621
Grundy581
Lincoln580
Overton581
DeKalb570
Carter561
Giles551
Hawkins552
Unicoi550
Roane500
Henry420
Campbell411
Polk410
Carroll401
Grainger390
Henderson390
Johnson380
Cannon340
Claiborne320
Crockett323
Meigs320
Perry310
Sequatchie290
Chester260
Humphreys261
Jackson260
Morgan241
Decatur210
Stewart210
Fentress190
Clay160
Scott150
Union150
Houston130
Benton121
Moore100
Lewis70
Van Buren70
Pickett60
Hancock30

 

 

Community Events