FORT WAYNE, Ind, (WFFT) - Masks have almost become a way of life over the last 365 days, but with Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb changing the mask mandate to a mask advisory, which is set to begin on April 6th, a glimmer of the old life is in sight.
Businesses will be able to choose to enforce masks or not, some saying it was a good decision by the Governor. Others saying they're not in love with that decision.
Janelle Ford, the owner of Pedal City, she says customers will be allowed to choose to wear masks inside her building on/after April 6th, but masks aren’t going away for her employees.
Ford explained, "Since this has been going on, they’ve preferred keeping their masks on and wearing them. So, they want to continue to do that for a while."
Just down the street at Paula’s on Main, owner Sonja Aghabekian says masks aren’t going away at all.
"I hate to say this, but we kind of make the rules here because it’s our restaurant. So, if you want to come and eat, put a mask on. It’s only for two minutes before you get to a table, then you can take it off," Aghabekian says.
At Pedal City, people haven’t had to wear masks while outside and the walk to your table is so short, she says masks haven’t even been a problem, and doesn’t think it will be when she drops the requirement for customers.
"Everybody has been pretty fine with it," Ford said. "I don’t think i’ve really had any trouble with people wearing their masks in."
However, Paula’s is all inside, and Aghabekian says says her decision is driven by data.
"I look at the case counts every day. I have to, being a business owner and working with the public and my employees all work with the public," Aghabekian said. "I keep track of it. We’re going up, especially in Allen County. So, we’re going to keep wearing masks until that goes down and stays down."
Other businesses who spoke with FOX 55 off-camera are fairly split on the matter. Some saying they’re going to wait until the Allen County Health Department says anything different about masks.