But that’s all over at Hoopers now. Masks are optional. “It’s not been a great interaction between guests and staff because, instead of us welcoming you into the restaurant, it seems like we’ve been trying to play police as you walk in the door,” Clarke said. “I’m glad we did all the right things over the past year, but I’m also excited not to wear a mask anymore,” server Bella Calcara said. “I think I’m going to keep wearing it for a couple months just until more people start getting vaccinated.”
“I think there’s a lot of things that happen to us that we don’t realize, emotionally, that we are going to have to deal with,” Saffels said. Mask mandates: Where you need a mask and where you don’t in Kansas City
For his first outing, Saffels chose Charlie Hoopers Bar and Grille, which had a zero tolerance policy for people who didn’t wear a mask and didn’t social distance. More than a few times manager George Clarke had to kick people out and even call the police. He said dropping the mask mandate is a welcome but uncomfortable feeling. He said carrying his mask in his pocket if he needs it makes things better.
Even though it is not required, some businesses will still be requiring masks. “It’s a strange time,” said Mike Doohan, whose family owns Mike’s Wines and Spirits. “We feel like we’re — every day stuff’s changing, and we’re just trying to make sure we’re doing the right thing to keep people safe.” “The more people to get vaccinated, the safer I feel,” she said. “As long as there’s vaccination requirements at these places of employment, and it’s a hard requirement for employees, I would feel comfortable going into a restaurant with a mask.”
Kansas City Royals lift face mask requirement at Kauffman Stadium Calcara is vaccinated but feels safer wearing a mask at work, which is perfectly fine with her bosses. She’ll do some research when she goes somewhere to decide if she’ll mask up or not.
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