Local businesses share plans after mask mandate lifted

Local businesses share plans after mask mandate lifted

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Governor Asa Hutchinson lifted the mask mandate on March 30, leaving businesses having to figure out how to move forward in the ongoing pandemic.

Paula Lowe, owner of Roots restaurant in downtown Jonesboro, says that her staff will continue to follow COVID-19 safety protocols that were previously set forth by the Arkansas Department of Health.

“All the staff is going to be required to wear a mask,” Lowe said. “We already have our shots.”

Lowe mentioned that the staff will take customers’ temperatures upon arrival, but it will be strongly recommended to wear a mask upon entry.

“I think everyone has the right to choose whatever they would like,” said Lowe.

Amanda Herget, owner of Gearhead Outfitters, released a statement Tuesday evening on how she plans to operate her businesses going forward:

“Gearhead Outfitters will continue to ask staff to wear masks on the sales floor until further notice, but support customers’ decision and will not require masks upon entry.”

The City of Jonesboro told Region 8 News that they plan to keep mandates in place for city buildings and other city property.

Blytheville Mayor James Sanders says that he plans to do the same.

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