Our view: We must support Marion County businesses during COVID-19 holidays

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The coronavirus pandemic has been difficult for all of us.We haven’t been able to see our friends. Children have lost education and athletic opportunities. Families have lost loved ones.One group has been particularly hurt, our local Marion County retailers. Restaurants and bars were forced to close and have only been able to reopen under state restrictions. Stores have faced customers accelerating their online shopping to avoid fears of catching or spreading the virus. A new statewide curfew will limit hours for some businesses.On top of it all, many stores have become political battlegrounds over the wearing of masks and facial coverings. Many say they don’t want to be the mask police, and none want to offend customers, potentially harming their viability.We believe enforcing a mask mandate during a pandemic should be no different than stores requiring customers to wear clothes or shoes, or for restaurants to require their employees to cook their food to appropriate temperatures. It is unfortunate this simple step to limit the spread of a deadly disease – which has been overwhelmingly supported by health officials – has become controversial, but there is no doubting the reality of anger about it.It is …

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