Couple demanded to leave Texas bar for violating ‘no mask’ policy

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ROWLETT, Texas (KTVT) – The owner of a Texas bar is defending his “no masks allowed” policy after asking a couple to leave when they refused to take off their masks indoors.

Natalie Wester and her husband went to Hang Time, a bar and restaurant in Rowlett, Texas, with a few friends last week. This is something they don’t often get the opportunity to do as new parents.

“If you’ve been new parents before… spending those few hours outdoors about once a month is very important for your mental health,” Wester said.

The Westers are fully vaccinated, but they choose to wear masks when they go outside in order to protect their 4-month-old son, who is immunocompromised. But at Hang Time, they were told they had to take off their masks.

“Our waitress came over, sat down next to me and said, ‘Our manager sent me because I’m nicer than him. And yes, it’s very political, but you have to take your mask off, ”Wester said.

The bar has a “no masks allowed” policy, which is rare amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But Tom, the owner, says he considers it part of the dress code.

“I spent my money on this business. I put my blood, sweat and tears in this case, and I don’t want masks here, ”he said. “I think the overall reaction with masks is ludicrous in the United States right now.”

The owner says it is a private company, and he has every right to refuse service to those who want to wear a mask. There is no sign announcing the policy, but the hostess tells anyone wearing a mask to remove it at the door.

“So when they put on their masks the other night, we reminded them that they had been asked up front to take them off. They didn’t want to, so we asked them to leave, ”said the Westers owner.

The bar owner says he was unaware of the immunocompromised son of the Westers, but the “no mask” policy is something he strongly believes in and will continue to apply.

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