MARION, Iowa (KCRG) – Jason “Doc” Rogers has been operating his shoe restore enterprise for practically two years.
Being a small enterprise proprietor, he desires to ensure his store doesn’t have to shut as a result of he or anybody else will get sick from COVID-19.
“If I get sick, if my household will get sick, this enterprise is gone, and we’re not coming again. We’re closed.”
The Marion small enterprise proprietor has required face coverings in his retailer your complete pandemic, however stated it’s a battle daily to implement.
He confirmed us surveillance video of a latest incident obtained his enterprise a one-star Google evaluate.
“We’ve a masks coverage. Do you’ve a masks with ya? I’m not gonna focus on it. Within the foyer and in all places else you need to put on a masks, or now we have to go outdoors,” stated Doc as he reminded a buyer to put on a masks within the surveillance video.
Doc does give clients who don’t put on a masks the choice to do enterprise outdoors.
Not too long ago, he requested one other buyer to depart his retailer for refusing to place a masks on after a number of requests.
“Hey I’m requiring masks for everyone in right here please. Buyer says, ‘I’ve obtained one.’ Effectively you higher put it on earlier than you are available,” Doc stated.
After the person argued he didn’t have to depart, Doc threatened to name Marion police.
Officer Tom Daubs with Marion Police stated their officers have handled a number of enterprise house owners struggling to implement masks mandates in the course of the pandemic.
“When you’re in a enterprise, a retailer, or restaurant, technically you’re the visitor. And because the visitor it is advisable comply with the principles set forth by the home, entity, property proprietor or regardless of the case could also be. And if there’s an indication posted that you need to put on a masks, technically you need to put on a masks if you wish to do enterprise in there,” Officer Daubs stated.
Daubs stated enterprise house owners can name police and an officer will resolve whether or not to warn or cost a buyer with trespassing.
Doc stated his store is his complete life, but when individuals don’t care about his or different clients’ security, then the job isn’t price it.
“We’re not simply right here for the cash. That is our life,” stated the small enterprise proprietor.
Doc stated he’s been targeted on making his store safer for everybody your complete pandemic, even putting in new medical-grade air filtration techniques.
He additionally sealed off the shop foyer from his workshop and pay counter to make all interactions contactless.
“To all the purchasers on the market, please put on a masks. Different persons are carrying them for you, the least you are able to do is put on it for them – only for a second. And to enterprise house owners and workers communicate up. You don’t must get right into a combat, however simply inform individuals we require a masks. Make a stand,” Doc stated.
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