Small businesses fear enforcement burden of R.I.’s partial indoor mask mandate

CHRISTOPHER PARISI, founder of Trailblaze Marketing and leader of the Rhode Island Small Business Coalition, said the coalition does not support any measures that increases burdens on small businesses, but appreciates the fact that the state is giving small businesses an option to institute a mask mandate or a vaccine requirement. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND SMALL BUSINESS COALITION
CHRISTOPHER PARISI, founder of Trailblaze Marketing and leader of the Rhode Island Small Business Coalition, said the coalition does not support any measures that increases burdens on small businesses, but appreciates the fact that the state is giving small businesses an option to institute a mask mandate or a vaccine requirement. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND SMALL BUSINESS COALITION
PROVIDENCE – Small businesses fear being unfairly burdened with enforcing Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s new health requirements that include partial mask mandates, business advocacy groups said on Wednesday. Christopher Carlozzi Sr., state director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses/Rhode Island, said the mandates put small businesses in “a very unenviable position” where they’re going…

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  1. Let’s hope the small businesses don’t take the easy path of simply requiring all patrons to wear a mask. There’s no reason for vaccinated individuals with full boosters to be masking. The vaccines and tools available to prevent serious illness and death are in place. We are not in the situation we were in at the start of the pandemic. We need to stop acting as if we are. Masking is a “feel-good” response. Is it not silly that you wear a mask entering a restaurant and then take it off while sitting at the table? As if the virus mysteriously disappears while you’re eating. And somehow the virus knows whether you are a college or professional athlete and should bypass you. Foolishness. If masking was materially effective then we should have already stopped or slowed the spread with all the prior mask mandates. Seriously, what is the end game? We don’t need “feel good” half-baked measures that don’t significantly move the needle but simply add unnecessary burdens to businesses and patrons alike. Governor McKee’s initial business instincts were correct in avoiding a mask mandate. Follow the lead of Colorado’s governor and walk this back. It’s ineffective.

    The only rational, feasible response was and continues to be to get vaccinated and continue working on alternative solutions for those that are unable to get vaccinated. The vast majority of the US population CAN get vaccinated. The “greater good” is for all to get vaccinated and get your booster. I’m all for choice but I’m also for consequences and accountability if you chose not to get vaccinated. The rest of us and the economy need to move on.