“Not only the tight space but also with how quick this is coming down, not knowing where the concern is with our customers, plus our staff,” said Elizabeth Hart, the manager at Mouthfuls. Down the street at Mouthfuls Pet Supply, the staff also plans to keep requiring customers to wear masks. Checking to see who’s fully vaccinated will also be difficult for the pet supply shop, especially because it has multiple entrances.
It’ll be difficult, she says, to know who’s fully vaccinated and who’s not. She doesn’t have the resources to verify someone’s vaccination status, so she’ll keep asking her customers to wear their masks until she feels more comfortable with Colorado’s vaccination rates. “I would say at least for another month, but it might be through the summer,” Hart said.
“It’s an individual choice. This is my business, and this is what I choose. It’s to make both of us safe,” she said. Despite Gov. Jared Polis’ announcement Friday to lift mask requirements for fully vaccinated people in most settings, she doesn’t feel ready yet to put the masks away.
Once Denver County falls in line with the state’s guidelines, which is expected to happen Saturday, expect to see maskless employees and customers at Prince’s restaurant. “There’s a big carrot to get a vaccine now, and I think it’s going to drive a lot of people, especially with where we work, to get a vaccine,” he said. “We’re so happy,” Post Oak BBQ owner Nick Prince said. “We’re ready to get back to normal.”
But some are ready to make a change. “It’s just not as feasible, I think, in the moment that we are at with this pandemic,” Hart said.
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