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Stillwater Mayor Will Joyce had implemented an emergency order requiring customers to wear face masks when entering stores that went into effect on May 1. Just hours after the order went into effect he was forced to end the emergency order
Employees who attempted to enforce the order were meant with backlash from customers who were verbally threatening. Some customers threatened physical violence as well
“In the short time beginning on May 1, 2020, that face coverings have been required for entry into stores/restaurants, store employees have been threatened with physical violence and showered with verbal abuse. In addition, there has been one threat of violence using a firearm.”
– City Manager Norman McNickle
Mayor Joyce did expect some backlash, but was surprised by customers engaging in physical confrontations and threatening phone calls to City Hall.
To the people who resort to threats and intimidation when asked to take a simple step to protect your community: shame on you. Our freedom as Americans comes with responsibilities, too. We must find common ground and work together to deal with the circumstances our society is facing. Whether or not we agree on the details, we have to find ways to cooperate in the task before us.”
– Mayor Joyce
The Mayor amended the order on Friday afternoon, just hours after it went into effect. Store employees are still required to wear masks. However customers do not need to wear mask they are just strongly encouraged.
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