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Today’s question is: “Why are some businesses still requiring masks despite county and CDC guidance?”
Background Information: On March 25, Gov. Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order that downgraded coronavirus safety guidelines from local governments from requirements to recommendations.
While Pima County originally said they would continue to require people to wear masks in defiance of that order, on May 14th the Pima County Board of Supervisors voted to allow fully-vaccinated people to forgo wearing a mask in Pima County. At that time, the board also issued a recommendation that anybody who is unvaccinated or in between doses of the vaccine to still wear face coverings.
Answer: Regardless, private businesses still have the right to set their own safety standards as they see fit and the right to refuse service to those who chose not to wear masks. Reasons vary for why businesses still enforce mask policies.
According to Grill on the Green General Manager Mike Cochran, the restaurant made masks optional about a month ago.
Cochran explained, “We still have a very small following of customers that are wearing masks when they come in, and we still have a small number, probably 12-15 percent, of our workers that still like to wear the masks themselves because they have not gotten the vaccine.”
Employees haven’t gotten vaccinated because either they “disagree with getting the shot, are still concerned about the safety, or they don’t feel like they want... (More)