Mask Dilemma

Aubree Owens, Editor-In-Chief

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the entire community in one way or another. Lifestyles were changed in a matter of months, along with new laws being put into place. One of these new laws are face masks being required in public places in Michigan.

Local businesses were forced to adjust their standard protocols to accommodate this new law, and for owners and customers, it has been a tough transition. With the current pandemic, masks may become the new normal.

From restaurants to sports, masks are being enforced to continue having those luxuries, while still taking precautions to protect the community and slow the spread of COVID-19.

“Wearing a mask does not really affect my daily life, but it is just another thing to do,” Ford senior Liam LaGorio said. “I do not think we need to wear masks everywhere. I still wear a mask so I can keep my job and not get my sports team reported.”

Mask have become a sudden responsibility to take everywhere. One negative is how uncomfortable masks are to wear.

“The only effect it really has on my day-to-day life is making sure I always have one with me when I go somewhere,” Stevenson junior Ariana Crawley said. “I do not think wearing a mask is an inconvenience because it keeps me and everybody from getting sick. I think if they were more comfortable around the ears, they would be less frustrating.”

However, wearing a mask is not a law everyone wants to comply with. For local business owners, like Matt Moore, owner of Johnny Black’s Public House, it can be difficult to enforce new mask policies. According to Moore, there will never be full corporation from customers involving this law.

“In the hospitality business, mask have been particularly challenging to police and keep guests happy,” Moore said. “Guests have all different feelings on if or when they should have to wear a mask. Therefore, it has been very difficult for the staff to police the customers to make sure that we are following the guidelines set forth by the governor. Masks are required to slow the spread of COVID-19, I would say it has had a negative effect on my business because it seems like the majority of our guests do not want to wear them or be told they have to.”