Parents of at-risk baby urged to leave restaurant for not removing masks
ROWLETT, Texas (WJW) – Two new parents claim they were kicked out of a Texas restaurant for breaking a “no mask” policy and keeping their faces covered in concern for their immunocompromised baby at home.
Natalie Wester said in a Facebook post that it happened to her and her husband on September 11 at Hang Time, Rowlett, Texas.
She said they entered the bar with their masks on and were asked to remove them when checking their IDs.
“The music was loud, so I guess she just wanted to see our faces for our IDs. She said something again about taking off the mask, because I couldn’t hear her very well. , I brushed it off, “she said.” My husband and I met some friends, let’s order our drinks and an appetizer. “
She said about half an hour later a waitress sat down next to her and said that masks are not allowed in the building, adding: “Our manager sent me because I’m older. nice than him. And yes, it is political.
Wester went on to say that her 4-month-old son had cystic fibrosis. When she and her husband are out, they choose to wear masks. When she explained this to the waitress, she said, she told them they could close their check if that was a problem.
“My husband and I paid and left without a stage,” she said.
Some people wondered why they would go to a bar if they were worried about protecting their baby, to which Wester replied:
“Some people have asked why we go out if our concern is our son. We are both vaccinated (which greatly reduces the risk of contracting covid), and between that and using masks as often as possible, we are able to keep our son at minimal risk while maintaining our health. social and mental. We hardly ever go out, between the Covid and the simple fact of being new parents! The problem was that Hang Time was refusing the service because we were wearing a mask (something that absolutely did not affect them) when we had our reasons for doing so.
KTVT reports that the owner, named only Tom, told them he considered “no masks allowed” to be part of the business dress code. He said he spent his money on the business, “my blood sweat and my tears in this business, and I don’t want masks here.”
Customers are asked at the door to remove their masks.
“So when they put on their masks the other night, they were reminded to take it off beforehand. They didn’t want to, so we asked them to leave, ”he said.
As of Monday afternoon, the Hang Time Facebook page was no longer publicly visible and the bar owner did not return Nexstar’s request for comment.
In her post, Wester said: ‘I wanted to share this information in case someone who is actually wise enough to be afraid of Covid could avoid this place. Don’t hesitate to share. I am so shocked at the level of ignorance in our country and am afraid to think how much the pandemic will get worse knowing that so many people think this way. “