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Mandatory Mask Ordinances (How Will You React As a Business Owner?)

Carl

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So I just read that our local city department of health has nearly convinced our city council to pass a "Mandatory Mask Ordinance". Reason being...they think mask-wearing is so efficacious that by imposing this on its citizenry we will spare so many from contracting COVID-19 I guess? :rolleyes:We aren't given the details of this "spike in COVID-19" we are just to trust that these people know best but anyhow...enough of that. I feel as a business owner I have no right to "police" my customers as to whether they are wearing a mask or not. (I have a dog wash room & I can't imagine telling a customer seeking my business services & then telling them they can't patronize us because they don't want to wear a mask!) From what I understand, we are not to provide services to customers who are not wearing a mask? Is that how mask ordinances work not having read what may be coming down the pike yet since this is still just rumored to be coming soon?

If so, I almost feel like shutting down my business again as I was forced to do 39 days because my business was deemed "non-essential" because for example...my security cameras late night right now show that my teenaged customers who love my car wash are all at the wash happily washing away none wearing a mask and so I am going to be expected to police them and kick them out if they don't have a face mask on if this ordinance is hoisted upon us?

I don't want to lose the revenue if I shut myself down but I'm the type of person who when an ordinance is put forth; I will comply 100% but since I don't agree w/ this one, is that my only option...shut myself down? (during the 39 days lockdown I kept 100% closed whereas many SSCW in town bucked the Order & stayed open...I followed the spirit of the Order and stayed closed but if in a few days the City says we are under a Mandatory Mask Ordinance, I sure will be against that so I wonder...how will you guys react if similar happens to you? I'm guessing the duration of it will be from 2 weeks to a month.

Thanks in advance for your input & hope you all are doing alright! (y)~ Carl
 

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What I posted:

Per Order of the Mayor:

FACE MASKS REQUIRED WHILE ON THE PREMISES

All employees and visitors must wear face coverings while on the premises, except:
When alone or with members of their household in a car wash bay,
When maintaining a consistent separation of six feet or more
 

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I like the signage idea. Also - if customers are alone in the bay, which is probably a pretty good chunk of self serve users, probably no need to enforce. If other people wearing masks keeps ME from getting it, I’m all for it and will participate as well. Bit I think distance is the key here and what you want to be clear on.
 

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Thanks for all the replies. The signage idea is really good. My worry would be myself or my employees directly addressing a non-compliant customer to the ordinance and then them "losing it" and making a scene or yelling or just going crazy. The signage won't "trigger them" as much as being told by someone that they "have to do such-and-such". Great solution! (y)
 

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I'm not familiar with what type of wash you operate and how often you have employees onsite. If you are a SS and IBA site you are a vending machine business. Is the city going to mandate that customers wear a mask while using a soda machine? Does the soda vending company have to enforce this ordinance?
Put up signs and don't worry much about it until the EVIL code enforcement officer comes knocking on your door.
 

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We’ve been mandated by the state to wear masks. We are conducting business as usual, no masks. We are outside, we are not within 6’ of anyone so we aren’t wearing masks and we usually gone by the time any customers come in. I think the mask thing is getting a little over blown. I have to laugh when I see people driving on the freeway wearing a mask.
 

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We do have a sign now but the challenge is if customers would complain if they are not wearing one.
 

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Our customers don't read any of our other signs, so I think we'll skip the additional signage. We don't wear masks, and neither do 99% of our customers. I (personally) think it's silly to require/wear them in a carwash environment.
 

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The majority of mine are wearing masks, mainly when they first show up and get change, but they're usually off by the time they're in a bay washing. I put the one sign on the door by the changer more to cover myself than anything else. It's just a printed sheet of paper laminated with clear packing tape.
 
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