Local businesses still taking COVID-19 safety precautions

This week, Governor Tate Reeves lifted the mask mandate but some businesses are still taking safety precautions.

When the COVID-19 lockdown hit last year, it took a toll on businesses, leaving many with no option but to shut down or adjust to the pandemic. Oren Zweig, owner of Lil Markets Deli and Bagelry in Ocean Springs, tells News 25 it is hard trying to please everyone and with the mask mandate being lifted it will make it even more difficult. “You are going to make people mad. So, we can’t win if we say hey you must wear a mask than the people that don’t want to are going to say ‘hey well the governor said we don’t have to why are you making us?’”

Although you can’t please everyone, Zweig is will still enforce safety precautions. “We like to err on the side of caution. So, we ask everyone to wear a mask. We, as in employees, we wear masks. If someone is here, my business is really small up front, so it is hard to social distance. So, we all maybe one or two people. So, we prefer everyone to wear a mask.”

Lil Markets Deli and Bagelry Shop is open and allowing customers to come inside while Nana J’s Soul Food Kitchen is only doing take out and delivery orders. Nana J’s Soul Food Kitchen Owner Karen Newkirk said, “We are actually, still not letting anyone, in the building right now. We are doing takeout, to go’s, curbside orders, or anything like that. We are just trying to continue to keep people safe.”

Although the numbers in Mississippi are decreasing, both restaurant owners say they just want their staff and their customers to be safe from this virus. “We just do not want to be sick. We don’t want anyone else to get sick. We want to take all precautions with our employees and ourselves.”

“We are trying to do what’s best for everyone.”

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