Texas restaurant tells couple with immunocompromised baby to take off masks or leave

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A couple in Texas were told not to wear masks when they went to a restaurant with a four-year-old son with cystic fibrosis. They were asked to leave when they refused to take off the masks.

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Natalie Wester and her husband, Jose López, who are both fully vaccinated, said that Hang Time, an employee at a restaurant in Rowlett, Texas, asked them to remove their masks several times when they saw their immunocompromised son, Was out with Austin. Week. They are still preferring to wear masks in public to protect their child.

“Cystic fibrosis is a very life-threatening genetic disorder, and if my son contracts COVID he will need to be hospitalized,” Wester vented on facebook.


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Messages sent to Hang Time by USA Today were not immediately returned.

Wester described a story on Facebook of how she and her husband were told a “no mask” policy before serving and then told to leave: “Our waitress would come, sit next to me and says, ‘Our manager sent me over because I’m better than him. And yes, it’s political.’ Then he told me that masks are not allowed in his building, and they can make up the rules because they are private businesses. He said the mask ‘doesn’t work,’ he said, using a chain-link fence to keep mosquitoes away As is, and does not give people enough oxygen.’ “

Tom Blackmer, owner of Hang Time Sports Grill & Bar Confirmed on local station CBS 11 That no type of mask is allowed in their establishment.

“I’ve spent my money on business, my blood sweat and tears in this business, and I don’t want a mask here,” he told the outlet. “So when they put on their masks that night, they were reminded that the front had to take it off. They didn’t want to, and so we told them to leave. … I think the overall reaction with the masks is It’s ridiculous in the United States right now.”

Blackmer also told Dallas Morning News: “They have a choice to go wherever they want; There are thousands of bars here. go somewhere else. …if you’re protecting someone, you shouldn’t go out.”

“I am deeply shocked at the level of ignorance in our country, and horrified to think how bad the pandemic will be, knowing that so many people think this way,” Wester said in his Facebook post.

The bar owner’s stance comes on an executive order from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott that mandates that official bodies such as counties and schools cannot require Texans to wear masks.

States across the country have varied on their mask mandates since the delta version. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say wearing a mask can stop the spread of the coronavirus, and President Biden recently introduced a nationwide mandate Wearing of masks for companies with more than 100 employees. Texas is one of the leading states Nation in COVID-19 cases. some texas School districts request mask mandate Despite Abbott’s executive order to protect students and teachers from the virus.

According to Disability Rights Texas, a legal protection and advocacy organization, people with disabilities are entitled to wear masks. Group said in a public statement Unrelated to the incident: “In our view, housing may also be offered to family members of persons with disabilities, either on the basis of law or on the basis of notions of neighborliness and general decency.”

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