Restaurants are happy to end the mask mandate

DULUTH, Minn. — Mayor Emily Larson imposed the 30-day mask mandate after a tense council meeting on the subject in January. Now some in the restaurant industry are hailing its end, while others say their employees will keep their masks on for a while.

Mayor Larson imposed the mandate to relieve some of the pressure from overwhelmed health care systems, with strong support from Essentia Health and St. Luke’s, now Larson says cases are starting to drop in the Duluth area.

Tony Bronson, president of the Duluth Restaurant Association and director of Grandma’s Restaurant Company, questioned the effectiveness of masks, just for entering and exiting restaurant buildings, as customers were able to remove their masks while eating and drinking. drinking.

Bronson says it was just another hurdle nearly two years into the pandemic that wasn’t helping the already struggling industry.

Now he and his employees are thrilled the term is over.

Restaurants, I think only the general public are all happy that masks are going away, at least for a short time, we always encourage our staff, if they feel comfortable wearing a mask they certainly can , anyone walking in the door can certainly wear a mask, but it’s good that people have a choice again, and it seems to be at least a health-conscious public ally choice they can make at at this point, so we’re happy,” said Duluth Local Restaurant Association president Tony Bronson.

And Jason Vincent, owner of Vanilla Bean and Boat Club restaurants, sent a statement to FOX 21 about the end of the mask’s tenure.

He says: “While the mask mandate ends today, all of our staff across our 3 sites will continue to wear them for the foreseeable future. We need case numbers and infection rates to continue to drop before making them optional for staff. We are definitely heading in the right direction.

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