ASHLAND, Mo. (KMIZ)
Many smaller communities in Boone County like Ashland and Centralia have seen rising numbers of COVID-19 instances.
Starting Wednesday each neighborhood within the county will likely be beneath a masks order.
The Boone County Commission passed an emergency ordinance Tuesday endorsing the masks mandate from the Columbia/Boone County Well being Division.
Earlier than Tuesday many cities outdoors of Columbia didn’t have masks orders.
ABC 17 Information spoke with a number of enterprise house owners in Ashland Tuesday after the announcement who had blended reactions.
Lars Vanzandt is co-creator of Century Tattoo is Ashland. Century Tattoo has already been requiring masks though there has not been a masks order.
“Touching somebody for, , upwards of four-plus hours a day, you wish to take all of the precautions you’ll be able to and it is simply not essential to be idiot hearty about what is going on on,” Vanzandt stated.
He stated he hopes the masks order will assist decrease case numbers so college students can keep in class as a lot as doable and companies can keep open.
“I do not wish to see companies usually disappearing, , we have seen sufficient already. Like, even with a masks mandate so long as we are able to preserve respect and deal with our native companies I believe we’ll be simply tremendous,” he stated.
He stated Century Tattoo has had, for essentially the most half, cooperation from prospects. He stated it’s onerous to say whether or not the county will see push again from folks or companies.
“In case you do not respect your neighbors sufficient to do what you’ll be able to within the short-term, I do not need your online business in the long run,” Vanzandt stated.
Charles Clayton, proprietor of Blue Rooster, stated he doesn’t agree with the masks order.
Clayton stated he thinks the order is authorities overstepping, and his prospects ought to be capable to make their very own choices in relation to their well being.
He additionally stated he doesn’t assume masks will assist decrease Coronavirus case charges as a result of Columbia has seen such a spike in instances, even with a masks ordinane.
Tracy Titmus owns Lillie Lavon. She additionally supported the order.
“I determine it is time. You understand, Metropolis of Columbia has executed it. I do not see any motive to not. I do not significantly prefer it, however it’s what it’s so, yeah, let’s do it,” she stated.
She stated she hopes to see numbers go down within the space as folks begin to put on masks.
Like Vanzandt, she additionally stated she hopes it prevents companies from having to close down.
“I used to be telling somebody the opposite day that in the event that they go together with the, , non-essential enterprise shut down once more, I do not know if I will survive,” she stated. “I doubt very significantly that I’ll as a result of it was robust with simply the primary shut down and nonetheless making an attempt to sort of get well from all of that.”
Titmus did say she thinks folks have been popping out extra to assist small companies as soon as they realized the affect the virus has had.