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Shreveport businesses prepare for new mask mandate


SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Shreveport businesses prepare for the mayor’s executive order on masks to take effect. All customers must wear a mask when entering any business starting tomorrow.

“Just going to keep reminding people and doing whatever we can to help everybody, follow the rules so that we can get back up and running as quickly as possible,” said Justin Burton, SimplyChic Boutique Shreveport.

She is in the process of creating new signs and implementing new rules for customers entering her store.

“We’re going to post on our social media pages that everybody needs to have a mask on including ourselves, we’re making signs for the doors and keep reminding people as they come in.”

Burton says disposable masks are available for customers who don’t have one and cloth masks are being shipped to the store.

These new rules come from Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins’ executive order, but Burton says this is also very personal for her as well as her staff.

“I’ve got children at home, some of my staff have children at home so it’s really important for us to protect ourselves so that we aren’t taking this home to our kids,” Burton said.

After realizing COVID-19 cases were still rising, Melissa Harmon, owner of Counter Culture on Youree drive, changed her business model to keep her staff and customers safe.

“We decided to close back our lobbies just to do drive-thru and we do curbside,” Harmon said.

Harmon said her staff members already wear masks and take their temperatures daily. If employees don’t have masks, she supplies them.

“Because we don’t know what happens outside of work, we can’t control that so it’s a little peace of mind protection to have our employees wear a mask,” Harmon, said.

To make the transition easier, Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkin’s office created signs business owners can print and place in their storefront.

The new mandate goes into effect at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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