A restaurant’s decision not to require face masks inside their establishment during the Covid pandemic has caused quite a stir online and divided patrons.
BeckyJack’s Food Shack in Florida announced the controversial move on their Facebook page on Monday (local time) with a picture of a sign in the window reading “Face diapers not required! Everyone welcome”.
The post has been inundated with thousands of comments, with many people slamming the “selfish and foolish” restaurant.
“We did a post just trying to be proactive letting everybody know what the mask requirement is or isn’t at Beckyjack’s because some people were coming in they were surprised that we weren’t wearing masks,” owner Jesse Fox told local publication WJHL.
“We’re getting a ton of feedback both positive and negative”.
Some patrons said the decision has prompted them to visit BeckyJack’s in support.
“This is how it should be. If you want to wear a mask, wear a mask, if you don’t, then don’t,” one man said.
“This is fabulous! We will definitely be dining here! Thank you for having common sense,” another wrote.
“What's all the stupid crying about? You're gonna take the diaper off to eat, drink and yap your trap,” a third chimed in.
Restaurant slammed for not following guidelines
Others are outraged by the decision and have questioned what other health guidelines the restaurant was avoiding.
“So you don’t like to follow health and hygiene guidelines then? Yes please I’ll have a side of salmonella with my Covid air thank you,” a woman said.
“Just awful of you all. Guess you don't know anyone who has died from Covid-19,” another said.
“I would expect nothing less from a business named ‘BeckyJack’s Food Shack’,” a third woman wrote.
“You ever wanted a side of plague with your meal? Come on down to BeckyJack’s Food Shack. We many not have been able to decide who to name the restaurant after, but deciding that science is fake was a no brainer,” a man joked.
“This is almost as disgusting as the food served here,” a woman said.
Mr Fox said face masks are not required in their Florida county and that he’s just following the CDC’s advice, which leaves decisions about restaurants to local governments.
“I don’t feel like I am going against the grain. I feel like I’m using common sense,” Mr Fox said.
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