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With no state or local mask requirements, Cedar Rapids businesses put restrictions in place themselves



CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – For the first Monday in months, Next Page Books, located in the NewBo district in Cedar Rapids, was open to customers this week.

To mark the occasion, owner Bart Carithers posted new signs at the entrance, telling customers they had to wear a mask if they wanted to shop inside.

“I never thought twice about it,” Carithers said. “I knew that when I reopened, I was going to require masks and have a number of other requirements as well.”

Beginning on June 26, when Next Page Books reopened, no more than four people can shop at a time and they all have to sanitize their hands first. While shopping, customers must keep their distance from each other inside. Carithers said he’s prepared to tell people they can’t come in if they don’t follow the rules.

“I haven’t had to turn away a single person,” Carithers said. “Everyone has come in with a mask on.”

Iowa is one of four states in the country where masks aren’t required by law anywhere, whether statewide or in certain cities because of local ordinances. As a store owner, Carithers said he felt requiring masks in his business was his responsibility, to protect his customers and himself.

“I am the sole employee. I need to take care of myself, too, because if I came down with the virus, I wouldn’t have any choice but to close the store for a good two or three weeks, and financially, I don’t know if I could survive that,” Carithers said.

Next Page Books isn’t alone, as most other stores in the NewBo and Czech Village districts have posted the same policies, informing customers to mask up before they shop.

A block away from the bookstore, Raygun is even selling masks stamped with its usual wit — but people need to wear a mask first before they can buy one in the store.

“Every Raygun store, we have purchased the medical masks that we are giving out for free, so there’s really not a reason for people not to wear a mask when they come in because we are providing them,” Kurtis Fox, the store’s manager, said.

Fox said most customers have been compliant since the store reopened in early June.

“We have had a few people who, they turn around and they leave because they don’t want to wear a mask while they shop,” Fox said.

But both Fox and Carithers said they wish the burden wasn’t just on the businesses to put these requirements in place.

“I would really like to see the state require masks pretty much everywhere. Everywhere I go, there’s people that are wearing them, and there’s people that aren’t,” Fox said. “We need to protect ourselves, so I would like to see more people wear them.”

“I know some states are requiring masks the minute you step outside. That might be too extreme, but I think it would be helpful if the state maybe mandated masks when you’re in a retail business or any other establishment,” Carithers added.

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A wine bar known as Wine House is coming to a house in downtown Highland.

A sign posted outside said, “think Rainey Street,” a reference to the Rainey Street neighborhood in Austin, Texas. The hipster haven, a lively hub of nightlife, features many sophisticated bars operating out of repurposed houses.

Merrillville-based Commercial In-Sites has brokered deals for Moda Beauty Bar and Down Syndrome Association of Northwest Indiana to come to Oakside Plaza on U.S. 41 in Schererville.

“Moda Beauty Bar is a chic aesthetic boutique specializing in skin care, lashes, brows, permanent make up and sunless tanning. This will be the second location for Moda Beauty Bar in the Region,” Commercial In-Sites said in a news release. “The Down Syndrome Association founded over 30 years ago is a non-profit organization serving children, adults, families and interested persons working to improve the quality of life for those individuals having Down syndrome.”

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Beach Business Bounces Back Over Holiday Weekend, Amid Concern Over New Restrictions – NBC 7 San Diego





That’s how Skyler McManus described business at Hamel’s on the Mission Beach boardwalk Fourth of July weekend.

“It’s actually picked way up,” the business owner
said.  “It almost feels like it was last year.”

McManus and other store and restaurant owners at Mission Beach said they were thankful that the city of San Diego decided not to close beach parking lots after the state requested they do so to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Heavy crowds Saturday were not as large as usual, but
most of the people who parked on the sand appeared to be out-of-towners from
places like Arizona and Nevada. 

They brought their wallets and spent money on food, souvenirs, bicycle, and surfboard rentals.

“The business that we’re getting is a little bit higher
than usual because people are really looking for that recreational option at
the beach,” said Matthew Gardner, who owns Mission Beach Rentals on the south
end of Belmont Park.

Gardner told NBC 7 his business has been better than usual since the middle of June when COVID-19 restrictions were eased and people began leaving the shelter of their homes.

Gardner said he feels sorry for his friends in the
restaurant business because they’re the ones most likely to face new restrictions
now that the numbers of coronavirus cases are rising in San Diego County.

“My heart goes out to them,” Gardner said. “We had a short recovery period and it takes a lot of effort, it takes a lot of financial and time commitment to get your businesses back open again and to hire people again. Also, to figure out what’s gonna be happening again, and to have the rug pulled out from under you again, that’s a really difficult thing to manage as a business.”

Restaurants in San Diego County learned shortly before the long holiday weekend that the county health department had imposed a 10 p.m. curfew on top of social distancing requirements that allow them to only seat half as many customers.

“We did all right yesterday, but not what we usually do,” said Mike Soltan, who owns Kojak’s Greek and American Restaurant.  “We had to close the door by 10 and there were like 1,000 people outside so we (had to) lock them out.”

On a normal Fourth of July, Soltan says his restaurant continues serving gyros and burgers to hungry crowds until 2 a.m.

Soltan hopes any new restrictions won’t impact his
business.  He said it would be crippling if beaches or beach parking lots
were closed.

“We don’t need another shutdown, I mean we’re already hurting the way it is, so hopefully, you know, things won’t be as bad,” he said.

If new restrictions are imposed, they would go into effect by Tuesday, July 7, and last a minimum of three weeks.

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