Kearney businesses have mixed reaction to mask mandate

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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) – The Kearney City Council voted to pass an emergency ordinance mask mandate on Tuesday night, and area business owners have mixed feelings. Some business owners say that’s not their place to enforce, but others say they think it’ll help them crack down on their own policies.“It takes the pressure off the business owners requiring people or trying to get people to wear masks,” Owner of Bow & Arrow Boutique Becky Forbes told Local4 News.Right now her shops doesn’t require masks for customers, but they do recommend it to keep everyone safe.“It does take the pressure off of us having to worry about people coming in and wondering if they should wear a mask or not wear a mask because they mandated it,” she said. “It takes the pressure off the business owner one way or another.”Forbes also has a shop in North Platte and said she doesn’t think they can handle another closure.“As a small business owner, I can’t afford to shut down, and I don’t want to be shut down so that’s a simple step that we can take,” Forbes said. “It’s just …

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