HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Madison County business owners are in a tough spot right now, they have to weigh public health and social responsibility against the possibility of losing business from people who refuse to comply with the new Madison County mask order.
Obviously, a majority of business owners will choose what is good for public health over their sales, but it is still a sacrifice after several hard weeks of being closed, earlier this year.
“You never know whose systems might be compromised and they have to wear a mask and you have to respect those people and make them feel comfortable in your store,” said Linda.
Welch said her and her employees have been wearing masks for about a month now, but not requiring it for customers.
“I think sometimes the way you deliver the messages makes a difference in the way the message is received,” he said. “So if you ask somebody, ‘We would respectfully ask you to wear a mask because of the circumstances and the order,' Then I think our customers would tend to be people that would respect that.”
Scott said the mask order has actually helped business in a certain way, though. He said just 18 hours after the order was announced they were already seeing a jump in masks sales online and at the store.