A Florida bar is scoring big business after introducing a new rule that bans face masks inside.
The owner of Westside Sports Bar and Lounge in Melbourne is pretty blunt in his decision: anyone who wears a face mask inside will be thrown out of his bar.
The signs at the bar even state that masks are prohibited.
“We find it completely unnecessary to have face masks at all. We do not support them,” Gary Kirby said in a story by NBC affiliate WFLA-TV.
The bar owner is aware of the pandemic, but he said it’s a security issue.
The decision came after someone committed a crime but could not be identified on camera due to the face covering.
Kirby said anyone who comes in with a face mask will be asked to take it off. If they refuse, they will be forced to leave.
Since the introduction of the no mask rule, he said business has been better than ever.
“My Facebook, the business page, has taken off. They love it,” he explained.
"I think it’s great! I’m so tired of wearing a mask to go to a table and sit down and then take it off," one comment on the page read.
According to the outlet, he plans to make shirts advertising the bar’s no mask policy.
He notes that he’s gotten one death threat because of the rule but said he doesn’t plan on changing his stance.
And since Florida law doesn’t require patrons to wear masks inside and leaves the decision up to each business, he doesn’t have to.
However, the CDC advises people wear face masks when out in public settings to prevent the spread of COVID-19, especially when social distancing is difficult.