Florida bar owner bans masks, will eject patrons who wear face coverings
Florida bar owner bans masks, will eject patrons who wear face coverings By Michael Bartiromo for NY Post
The owner of a bar in Florida has outright banned any patrons from wearing masks or face coverings amid the COVID-19 pandemic, saying he doesn’t “agree” with the idea.
Gary Kirby, the owner of Westside Sports Bar and Lounge in West Melbourne, told Fox News that he’s been getting death threats for prohibiting masks at his establishment but claimed that the people in his town have “for the most part been in 100% support” of his decision.
“I personally don’t agree with it. So that’s why I made the decision to… I don’t want them here,” added Kirby in a previous an interview with Fox 35 Orlando.
Kirby reportedly began banning patrons with masks as of Sept. 11, claiming that the CDC-recommended safety precaution is “hindering our lifestyle as we know it.” In a statement to Fox News, he added that he doesn’t agree with mask mandates because face coverings make it harder for his bartenders to identify if a patron has been overserved.
Kirby, however, claims he has another reason he’s wary of face coverings: He alleges that his bar was burglarized after hours on Aug. 9 by a man in a surgical mask. When asked whether he believed the suspect would have just shown his face prior to the pandemic, Kirby claimed that police told him that “criminals would be capitalizing on the mask mandate all over using it to their advantage to get away with crimes.”
He also admitted to Fox News that the police suspected the burglary was an “inside job.”