A Dallas-area couple says they had been just lately requested by a restaurant to both take off their face masks or depart the institution.
Natalie Wester and Jose Lopez mentioned they had been assembly mates at Grasp Time Sports activities Grill & Bar in Rowlett on the evening of Sept. 10 and that after inserting an order for drinks and an appetizer their waitress mentioned they wanted to take away their face masks or depart.
“Earlier than the appetizer might even come out, our waitress got here and sat down subsequent to me. And he or she acknowledged that you’re going to must take your masks off if you wish to be right here. That is political, and our proprietor despatched me over right here as a result of I am nicer than he’s, however we do not enable masks within the bar,” Wester mentioned.
Wester mentioned the waitress then tried to inform them the masks do not work and that they had been as efficient as utilizing a chainlink fence to cease mosquitoes.
The couple let the waitress know they had been carrying masks as a result of that they had a son at residence, 4-year-old Austin, who has cystic fibrosis and is extra susceptible to an infection. The couple informed NBC 5 that they had been suggested by Austin’s medical doctors to not dwell in a bubble, however to take precautions to stop the flu, colds, RSV, and COVID-19 by being vaccinated and by carrying a masks when out in public.
Lopez mentioned the waitress did not appear to care about their motivation for carrying a masks and left them with two choices: she might cancel their meals order and shut their tab or they might take off their masks and keep.
“I positively suppose the proprietor was simply making an attempt to make a degree,” Wester mentioned. “I feel that he felt, maybe, suppressed as a result of he was informed he needed to put on a masks and was rebelling in opposition to that by not permitting anyone to put on a masks. I do not suppose that it made an entire lot of sense and wasn’t a hospitable factor to do on your prospects.”
The couple added that there have been no indicators warning prospects that masks weren’t allowed and that they weren’t informed in regards to the restaurant’s coverage till after they’d positioned an order.
Hoping to avoid wasting others a while, Wester mentioned she shared a put up on social media warning others in an area Rowlett group that the restaurant was not welcoming to folks carrying face masks.
NBC 5 reached out to Grasp Time however has not acquired a response. The restaurant proprietor, Tom Blackmer, told The Dallas Morning News that he made the choice to not enable masks inside in April and that individuals who do not agree can go some other place.
The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention recommends anybody over the age of two put on a masks when indoors, even those that are vaccinated, in areas of excessive transmission.