EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Starting Monday, June 22, all El Paso businesses must require both employees and customers to wear a mask.
On Sunday, customers were helped and served if they entered an establishment without a face mask, but starting Monday, if businesses don’t enforce the requirement, businesses face a fine up to $500.
One West El Paso restaurant called Block Table and Tap says they have not required customers to wear masks, but now they will start enforcing the rule at the door.
“Now that they are going to be enforcing it again, we’re going to have to stop people you know even let people know beforehand of walking in have a sign on the door,” said Andres Guerrero, the Manager of Block Table and Tap.
Some customers saying they don’t mind the requirement.
“I understand the requirement, and I carry mine all the time,” said Claudia Rodriguez, a Block Table and Tap Customer.
However Rodriguez says she doesn’t think businesses should be fined.
“They’re going to lose businesses and it’s going to hurt businesses I don’t think they should be forced or fined for for what their customers decide to do,” said Rodriguez.
In an effort to not lose customers Block Table and Tap saying they may provide masks to customers.
“I mean you don’t want to turn away customers right it’s business and so I was thinking there might be something we could do. Maybe even have a bunch of extra disposable masks on hand,” said Guerrero.
Mayor Dee Margo says not much is changing for bars and restaurants since masks can be taken off to eat or drink.
“It doesn’t change anything from the eating and the drinking. You come in, and you wear it in, you take it off, and then you put it on when you leave said El Paso, Mayor Dee Margo.
Mayor Dee Margo says the face mask requirement should be looked at the same as the ‘no shoes, no shirt, no service’ policy.
“They can turn to their customers and say I am sorry I can’t serve you without that; otherwise, I’m being penalized,” said El Paso Mayor Dee Margo.
Adding that many young people have tested positive for COVID-19 in El paso.
“On Saturday we had 162 positives, 47 percent of those positives are the ages 20-30,” said El Paso Mayor Dee Margo. “We also know that 23 percent of our positives to date have been asymptomatic, you really didn’t know you had it but you’re spreading it, so if we can stop the spread by wearing face coverings, we need to do that.”