Odessa business owner reacts to mask mandate

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ODESSA, Texas (Big 2 / Fox 24) – It’s been almost a week since the City of Odessa announced that it would require retail stores to force their customers to wear face masks. We got reaction from a local business owner.

“We provide masks for everyone, we strongly encourage them, we wear them ourselves,” said David Simpson, Jim’s for Tall and Big Men Owner.

However, Simpson said they are still going to give their customers the option.

“We do not refuse service to anyone. We’re open to all customers,” said Simpson.

Simpson said they will continue to provide masks to anyone who may want one and will continue socially distanced. As for the $250 dollar fine that could be issued to businesses that do not follow this new rule, Simpson says he’s not concerned.

“Our law enforcement has much more important things to do. If you have a situation where it becomes a mass endeavor, then enforcement will become a question,” said Simpson

Even though Simpson and his family business of 48 years is preparing to go into retirement, he said they plan to serve their community until the very end, even in these unusual times.

“We’ve always been a service-oriented business. We’ve always been dedicated to our customers and our city. Of course, health is always of huge importance,” said Simpson.

We also reached out to Odessa police to find out if they have issued any citations. They said they have not issued any since this mandate just went into effect. However, they are prepared to enforce citations if they have too.

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