A Dallas-area couple says they have been not too long ago requested by a restaurant to both take off their face masks or go away the institution.
Natalie Wester and Jose Lopez stated they have been assembly pals at Grasp Time Sports activities Grill & Bar in Rowlett on the night time of Sept. 10 and that after putting an order for drinks and an appetizer their waitress stated they wanted to take away their face masks or go away.
“Earlier than the appetizer may even come out, our waitress got here and sat down subsequent to me. And she or he acknowledged that you’re going to have to 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 stated.
Wester stated the waitress then tried to inform them the masks do not work and that they have been as efficient as utilizing a chainlink fence to cease mosquitoes.
The couple let the waitress know they have 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 docs 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 stated the waitress did not appear to care about their motivation for carrying a masks and left them with two choices: she may cancel their meals order and shut their tab or they may take off their masks and keep.
“I positively suppose the proprietor was simply attempting to make a degree,” Wester stated. “I believe 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 a complete lot of sense and wasn’t a hospitable factor to do on your clients.”
The couple added that there have been no indicators warning clients that masks weren’t allowed and that they weren’t informed concerning the restaurant’s coverage till after they’d positioned an order.
Hoping to save lots of others a while, Wester stated she shared a publish on social media warning others in an area Rowlett group that the restaurant was not welcoming to individuals carrying face masks.
NBC 5 reached out to Grasp Time however has not obtained 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 someplace else.
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.