Local businesses have mixed reaction to new Illinois mask mandate
EAST PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) — The governor’s universal indoor mask mandate is drawing a mixed reaction from local businesses here in Central Illinois.
Gregory Becks at Becks Florist says hes glad to see the return of the mandate.
“We’re doing it for the safety of our employees,” Becks said. “I really care about our employees.”
Becks adds he’s not worried about the mandate’s impact on his currently booming business, adding there are a variety of ways for customers to order flowers without coming into the store.
“They can give us their orders through the telephone if they do not want to put a mask on and come in our building,” Becks said.
East Peoria Mayor John Kahl said last week his city won’t enforce the mask mandate on businesses. Another East Peoria business owner we spoke to feels caught in between.
“I’m afraid to require it to come into my shop because I may lose customers that are against wearing a mask,” the business owner said. “I’m afraid to not require it because then the people that are adamant about wearing their masks wherever they may go may not want to come in my shop.”
Other businesses we spoke with say they won’t be requiring masks.