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“Be kind, be considerate.” Lynchburg business leaders endorse mask policy

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Any opposition to Governor Northam’s executive order on wearing a mask in public won’t be found inside Givens Books & Little Dicks.

While some business leaders say they have noticed some people fight the policy for political reasons…They say for the most part… People are taking it seriously.

“One thing we definitely started with was making sure our staff was getting masks so we were safe and taken care of,” said Sara Ellen Kozerow, the book store’s staff manager. “We do have a sign as they approach the store, just letting them know that we are following the governor’s mandate, effective today, that people do need to wear a mask while shopping here in store.”

While Governor Northam says people won’t be prosecuted for disobeying the order, Megan Lucas with the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance says businesses can turn people away for not wearing a mask.

“No shirt, no shoes, no service was about hygiene and safety of employees,” she said, “and so a business can turn someone away for those reasons. If they’re not wearing a mask, they can.”

She says she’s noticed political opposition to wearing a mask.

“Certainly in Virginia we’re seeing it, the politicization of wearing a mask,” said Lucas. “Try and think of it in terms of, I want this business to stay open, I want this business employees to be safe, and I’ll put the mask on when I need to run in and do what I need to do, and I’ll take the mask off when I get in my car and go on my happy little way.”

It’s not a problem that Givens Books has seen yet.

“We have a really great customer base,” said Kozerow. “They take care of us, we take care of them, and they respect that policy.”

Lucas said the issue is greater than personal political beliefs.

“Be a good consumer,” she said. “Be kind, be considerate, be helpful.”

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