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Florida grocery retailer bucks masks mandate; proprietor says Covid demise

Florida grocery retailer bucks masks mandate; proprietor says Covid demise

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A video that was taken at a South Florida grocery retailer reveals almost each buyer and worker with no masks.

The footage was filmed this week at Oakes Farms Seed to Desk Market in Naples, about 42 miles south of Fort Myers. In it, not a masks is in sight and social distancing is just not being adopted.

As of Thursday morning, the video on NBC Information correspondent Sam Brock’s Twitter web page has generated 7,600 feedback, almost 16,000 retweets and greater than 20,000 likes. Reactions run the gamut, with some defending the purchasers and workers and others expressing outrage.

The shop’s proprietor, Alfie Oakes, couldn’t be reached for touch upon Thursday. He advised NBC’s “TODAY” present he is aware of masks don’t work and doesn’t consider the coronavirus has killed lots of of 1000’s of individuals in the USA.

“That’s whole hogwash,” Oakes mentioned, later including, “Why don’t we shut the world down due to the guts assaults? Why don’t we lock down cities due to coronary heart assaults?”

The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention has repeatedly said that masks and social distancing will help sluggish the unfold of the coronavirus.

In line with NBC Information’ newest knowledge, the whole variety of deaths within the nation climbed to greater than 452,000, with Florida having the fourth-highest variety of fatalities.

Collier County, the place Naples is positioned, has seen greater than 27,000 instances of Covid-19 for the reason that begin of the pandemic and 413 deaths, in line with the state’s Division of Well being web site.

Regardless that the county has a masks mandate in place, Oakes’ retailer has an indication out entrance that states clients do not need to put on one if they’ve a medical situation.

“These in our pretty authorities have ordered all individuals getting into indoor services to put on a masks. When you’ve got a medical situation that forestalls you from sporting a masks, you’re exempt from this order. As a consequence of HIPAA and the 4th Modification we can not legally ask you about your medical situation,” it reads.

“Due to this fact, if we see you with no masks, we are going to assume you’ve got a medical situation and we are going to welcome you inside to help our enterprise.”

County Commissioner Andy Solis mentioned his largest worry is that Covid-19 instances will improve and the hospitals will grow to be overwhelmed.

“It’s very disappointing and really regarding,” he mentioned.

Minyvonne Burke

Minyvonne Burke is a breaking information reporter for NBC Information.

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