BEREA, Ohio — Last July, Mootown Creamery made waves online when owner Angela Brooks took to Facebook and called out customers who were taking out their anger and frustration on workers about the ice cream shop's mask policy. Now, nearly a year later, the shop is planning to keep its mask requirements for staff even past the date Ohio's health orders expire.
Employees at Mootown Creamery will continue to wear masks even after the June 2 expiration of the state's COVID-19 health orders, Brooks said. Masks are encouraged for customers but not required.
Last year, Brooks stood up for her employees, who are primarily high school and college-age students, after customers were lashing out at them for the store's mask policy.
But despite some of the customers' anger, the shop received even more support from the community and has been able to navigate business through the pandemic.
"I think that experience last year really showed us how supportive Berea is and the community around us. And it was really a great lesson to see the love and support around them," Brooks said.
Editors note: A previous version of this story stated customers would be required to wear a mask. After further clarification, staff will continue wearing masks after June 2 and customers will be encouraged but not required to do so.
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