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People react to new COVID restrictions set to take effect Sunday

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) -- Rising COVID numbers prompted Allen County's health commissioner to order new restrictions designed to help curb the spread of the virus.

They take effect Sunday, including mandating that all retail stores post signs saying masks are required to enter.

Management at all stores are also required to enforce that order for employees as well as customers, no matter what their corporate policy may say.

Management at all stores are also required to enforce the mask order for employees as well as customers, no matter what their corporate policy may say.

"I think it's fine. Whatever we've got to do to stop it. I don't have a problem with it. It's not going to hurt me to wear a mask. Let's get it stopped so we can get back to life. Yeah, definitely want to do that," Jodi Willeke said.

Other people said while they have seen people in stores either not wearing masks at all or wearing them improperly, as we get closer to the health commissioner's order taking effect, they say they're seeing more people mask up.

"It's been a pleasant surprise with me. Most of the time most people do have the mask on, which I think even though a lot of people think that they shouldn't have to wear a mask, it's their right not to, I'd like to think that we'd all do it for other people, not necessarily just ourselves," Roy Summers told us.

"I see a lot of people wearing them. I feel like people should wear them just in case people are sick. You don't know, especially with this whole corona going on, you just don't know what is going to happen. So I feel like it is safe to everybody to have their mask on. There are a few people that do not wear their mask, but other than that I do see a lot of people wearing their mask," Devon Coffield added.

One woman said the most comfortable she's felt in a store was early on in the pandemic when a particular store was among the first to mandate mask wearing without a government order.

"I think everyone should wear a mask, When Menards was the only store in town that required everyone to wear a mask, I felt very comfortable going in there and shopping because everyone did have a mask on," Belinda Moreno said.

Allen County's COVID order will also limit the capacity of bars, restaurants, and gyms to 50%.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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