'No mask, no service:' Over a dozen Durham businesses pledge to follow all safety guidelines

"If we want to reopen our city, we all have to take proper actions or else it's not going to work."

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Lora Lavigne
, WRAL Durham reporter
DURHAM, N.C. — About a week has passed since Durham amended its Stay-At-Home order, maintaining more restrictive mask requirements inside businesses.

This is being enforced with a creative call to action.

Think of it as ‘No mask. No service.’ When approaching many places, such as the Durham Food Hall, residents will be welcomed with several signs, showing they care about their health and business.

“Durhamites care about each other and we all want what’s best for one another,” said owner Adair Mueller.

The Food Hall, now decorated with signs and arrows, had a long journey to its mid-pandemic Grand Opening.

“It’s honestly been a kind of bittersweet journey, but we are very excited to be here and have our customers here,” said Mueller.

Customers are required to shop in a much different way, with a much different mindset: Thinking of the safety and health of others.

“We realize that wearing the masks – it’s really for you. It’s not for me,” she said.

The Food Hall, along with dozens of other Durham businesses, have pledged to enforce all health guidelines with the Back on the Bull Campaign.

Walt Barron, Chief Strategy Officer of McKinney noticed that safety behaviors like wearing masks and social distancing had become political and divisive.

McKinney, the company that helped launch the Back on the Bull Campaign, is using creative techniques online and in the community to rally people behind these reopening measures.

“If we want to reopen our city, we all have to take proper actions or else it’s not going to work,” Barron said.

The latest amended order states that if there isn't voluntary cooperation, law enforcement can enforce these restrictions through criminal charges.

“For the most part, people have been really diligent about wearing their mask. It is required in this space. We have hand sanitizer everywhere for folks,” said Mueller.

At the Durham Food Hall, it’s been a smooth transition. The hope is to get everyone on board, slow the spread and enjoy normal moments out and about again.

“We’ve been knocked down. We’ve kind of taken our hits, but we’re ready to fight back,” Barron said.

For anyone who wants to know for sure which businesses are following these same procedures, the online campaign has a full list.


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