Businesses leave mask wearing up to the customer

Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 8:27 PM EDT
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NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) -While storefronts are starting to look like they once did, owners are reminded of the strength it took to get to this point. “It was disheartening, very tough, but I had my faith and I knew that he would see me through,” said the Owner of Black Bear Market, Miranda Hill.

With time Hill found her businesses in a better place. She says, “It just took a little bit of prayer and faith and a lot of patience, but I most definitely have grown a lot and have come up from the pandemic.”

As business returns somewhat to normal, so are the sights inside the store, as more and more patrons decide to go without a mask. “I really let it be a personal decision, but I also want them to be comfortable and if they prefer me to wear one then I will wear one,” said the Owner of Alison’s Craft Studio, Alison Mullen.

While the unvaccinated population is still encouraged to wear a face covering, Governor Cooper said it is up to the establishment to require one or not. In return some are leaving that to the customer. “It’s completely up to the customer whether they want to wear one,” Hill said.

As vaccine rollout continues and COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations decline, Mullen said she’s looking forward to the future while remaining cautious of the unknowns. She says, “I do hope to get where I was before.”

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