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Local restaurants encourage customers to wear masks

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Wausau, Wis. (WAOW) -- Less than a week into the governor's mask mandate, area restaurants are urging people to wear masks so they can stay open.

Valeria Melendez, a manager at La Taqueria, said the mandate has caused some confusion and even anger from customers.

"It's a little stressful knowing that we have to be reminding people to wear one," she said. "Some people don't like being told what to do."

Restaurants are one of the many businesses that fall under the governor's mandate. But the mandate says that you only need to be wearing it when moving around the restaurant, and can take it off when eating or drinking.

Tyler Vogt, co-owner of Malarkey's Pub, said it's essential to keeping employees safe.

"If it's what I have to do to keep my business open and my employees with jobs, it's what I'm doing for now," he said.

Melendez said she understands that it can be annoying to wear a mask, but it's also essential to ensure the business can stay open.

"We're just a small business trying to get through this and just following guidelines," she said. "We don't want to get in trouble, we also don't want people to get sick."

Vogt said it shouldn't prevent you from enjoying your time at his restaurant.

"It's 20 seconds in with it on and 20 seconds out with it on," he said. "And you can still enjoy a great meal and you can socialize and get out of the house."

Natalie Sopyla

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