PENOBSCOT COUNTY- Masks have been recommended since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but last week Governor Janet Mills mandated people wear them in certain areas.
“Wear it. Because I don’t want to die and neither does your family,” said Shannon De Jesus, a cashier at Leadbetter’s Convenience Store.
Bangor and Brewer are just some of the places the mask mandate is in effect.
De Jesus said for the most part, people have been following the rules.
“We have a lot of older people that come in. A lot do tend to wear their masks,” De Jesus said. “It’s more the younger generation that’s like ‘Eh, I don’t want to wear it.'”
Other places, like Joe’s Market in Bangor, have limited service to a takeout window.
Owner Joe Perry said when they reopen, masks will be required for customers and employees.
Anyone choosing not to wear one will need to use the takeout window.
“We’re taking it seriously. We re not bending to pressure to let people run wild and do whatever they want,” Perry said. “That’s why Maine is one of the few places that’s still safe.”
In areas where masks aren’t required, store owners are still encouraging people to wear them.
“We are highly recommending everyone wears a mask because it’s not so much about you,” Jason Clark, owner of the Levant Corner Store said. “It’s about everybody else.”
For more information about where you’re required to wear a mask, see here.