The state of Texas has decided that it was time to return to normality. The mask mandate came to an end and businesses were allowed to re-open back to full capacity. But while some people agreed with the ruling, others made sure to put their own precautions in place...
One Texas diner put a firm warning on the doors of their business...
They stated that if an employee within the establishment has to explain why masks are mandatory you have to pay a hefty fine of $50. But that's not all...
Keep scrolling to have a look for yourselves.
Now, as we head towards a year with restrictions, we've realized just how much our lives have changed.
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It all seems like a long time ago now, doesn't it? Our lives have been turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic.
In the past few months, we've been trying to return to normality...
via: Getty ImagesBut it's been a pretty difficult ride.
While things are getting back to normal, we must still take precautions.
via: Getty ImagesThis is very important because we need to stop the spread of the virus.
In fact, some precautions are becoming mandatory in some places.
via: Getty ImagesIncluding here in the U.S.
In some states, it has become mandatory to wear a face mask in public places.
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For example, in some retail stores like Costco, customers are required to wear one. And on public transport.
Some people are choosing to wear a face-covering regardless.
via: Getty ImagesTo provide them with peace of mind.
But the issue that many people have discovered is how uncomfortable face masks can be.
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Particularly when they are worn for a long period of time, but that's a small price to pay to keep the people around us safe.
But obviously, there has been an ongoing debate as to if they actually provide enough protection.
via: Getty ImagesThe world seems to be divided on the issue, with lots of people claiming that the masks are in fact only an accessory used to control the masses.
And that's why many are refusing to wear them.
idfwpwdwfm i don’t f**k with people who don’t wear face masks— Cathy Kelley (@Cathy Kelley)1593110345.0
Health experts have stressed their importance for those people that still don't get it.
via: Getty ImagesHealthline describes them as "crucial in the fight against the pandemic." They stressed that this rule is to protect others and not yourself. Wearing a mask reduces the transmission of the disease by at least half.
A lot of people have decided to take on board these expert suggestions...
via: Getty ImagesBut others have decided to be less accommodating to the idea.
And Texas decided to add the entire state to that list.
If Texas wasn't in a predicament already, this will surely help them get there. A few weeks ago, the governor of the state, Greg Abbott announced that he will be lifting the state-wide mandate on masks as well as re-opening all businesses at full capacity.
And it has now come into full effect.
On March 2nd, Abbott tweeted this:
I just announced Texas is OPEN 100%.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 2, 2021
I also ended the statewide mask mandate.
For some reason, he thought he was doing something amazing for the state, but not everyone is on board with the idea.
Legends Diner is just one of many businesses that have continued to enforce the mask mandate.
And in order to make his life easier, Wayne LaCombe decided he was going to apply a surcharge on certain customers depending on if they followed the rule and/or argued with him about it.
And of course, the stunt garnered him a lot of attention, with people having mixed reviews on the issue.
His notice read as follows:
"If LaCombe needs to explain why masks are mandatory, guests will be charged $50. Diners who then want to further explain why they disagree with the policy will be charged an extra $75."
Speaking to TODAY Food, he said this:
"We are serious about masks precautions. We require masks to walk in. We take temperatures, we have sanitizer on every table. Nobody's allowed to walk around the restaurant without wearing a mask, because you do have diners sitting down, eating, not wearing a mask..."
He later added:
"It's an important subject that needs to be addressed. We know when people do not wear masks, numbers go up, and we're seeing that right now."
We're here for it!
This is Legends Diner in Denton, Texas, the town north of me here in Ft Worth, & home to the University of North Texas.— 🌷Lane🌷 (@lanechanged) March 16, 2021
The owners, Wayne & Kat LaCombe (a retired nurse) exemplify the Texans i know & love. ❤️
So far, no one's had the stones to refuse. #FuckGovAbbott pic.twitter.com/YvVgoiOGXy
Wear a mask. Be kind. Stay safe.
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