Memphis restaurants, grocers and patrons apply new mask rules cautiously

Local restaurants, grocery stores and customers for the past several days wrestled with how best to proceed after the Shelby County Health Department changed COVID-19 guidelines and eased masking restrictions.

The latest health directive began Saturday and states businesses and restaurants can choose whether to require customers to wear masks or not.

While some Shelby County stores posted signs outside with the new rules, other businesses continue to enforce masks inside.

“Every store has their own policy,” said Samson George, owner of Sam’s Indian Grocery in Collierville. “So, we insist on people, like our staff and customers, to wear a mask all the time.”

Latest health directive:Shelby County mask mandate scaled back; guidance offered for when masking is required

Although the new mask policies began over the weekend, George had some customers try to shop without a mask on and had to either make them leave or find a mask.

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