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Business owners prepare ahead of reinstated mask mandate

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DENVER — Across Denver, businesses and venues are preparing for a new wave of adjustments, some of which coincide with feelings of nervousness and anxiety.

“We’ve had conversations with a few of our staff that, frankly, are worried,” said Ryan Cobbins, owner of Coffee at The Point in the historic Five Points neighborhood.

Cobbins has owned and operated the coffee shop for over a decade. He’s witnessed his share of economic hurdles, however, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought new, unique challenges for his business to endure.

“What we experienced during the last mask mandate is that there were not just a few, but several customers that were overly aggressive as my staff tried to do the right thing, which was to ask customers to put their masks on,” Cobbins said.

Beginning Wednesday, the City and County of Denver will reinstate a public health order requiring masks at most businesses and venues for everybody ages 2 and older.


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