BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio (WTRF) – Face masks have become the newest controversy in America, and it is also no question that businesses must re-open so bills can be paid, mouths fed, and the economy can bounce back.
Since reopening, The Ohio Valley Mall is slowly returning to normal with action ramping up and
nearly all stores open and ready with safety precautions set.
But,here’s more in play than just getting business back on track.
A hodgepodge of government regulations concerning facial coverings is creating some consumer confusion.
Just next door to the mall in neighboring West Virginia, masks are mandatory in public.
So, how is the Ohio Valley Mall tackling both sides of the debate?
If they’re coming from West Virginia they may say ‘no I’ll go shop in Ohio because it’s not quite as restrictive’ and we understand that we encourage everyone to do the best they can to maintain social distances and to wear facial coverings where it’s appropriate if they can’t socially distance themselves. We want to do everything that is responsible, but by the same token we’re not going to try to brow beat people into doing that.Joe Bell, Ohio Valley Mall Spokesman
Bell also said it is each retailer’s prerogative to enforce wearing a mask in their store, which is why the mall itself doesn’t require it but some shops do.
So far he said he hasn’t heard any backlash from customers yet.