Local businesses letting customers decide if they want to wear mask after mandate ends

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Alabama mask mandate ends Friday, April 9th, over a year after it was first put into place.

Over the past year, many businesses required customers to wear masks in their business. Now with the mandate ending, some local businesses are changing their requirements.

“We believe in personal responsibility, and we’re just gonna kind of follow the lead of our customers,” Dove Christian Supply Owner Donna Mccollough said. “Obviously if we have customers who feel more comfortable wearing the masks, as we serve them we’ll wear a mask to help them to make them feel more comfortable shopping with us.”

Mccollough said they want to make the shopping experience for customers as safe as possible and the store is going to still maintain social distancing, and also keep the store sanitized.

“We’re just looking forward to things getting back to normal,” Mccollough said. “You know hopefully with the vaccine people are going to feel more comfortable shopping.”

Another store, Rudd Furniture, had a similar response, stating they believe safety is the number one priority.

“We’re going to give the consumer the option of whether they want to wear them,” Rudd Furniture President Jason Rudd said. “For the first short little while we plan on wearing our masks when we’re assisting customers because you never know, but we rather be safe than sorry.”

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