Liberty Tree Tavern in Elgin, Texas posted a sign announcing their decision not to serve customers with masks.
Their note stated, “Due to our concern for customers, if they FEEL(not think), that they need to wear a mask, they should stay home until they FEEL that it’s safe to be in public without one. Sorry, No Mask Allowed.”
The sign on the door also says that the bar is currently operating at 25% capacity, and is requiring customers to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
According to a 2018 census, Elgin is home to around 10,000 residents.
Since the onset of COVID-19, only 52 residents have tested positive for the virus.
Co-Owner of the Liberty Tree Tavern, Kevin Smith explained that while they won’t be requiring masks, they will be following the social distancing guidelines as set forth by the Center for Disease Control(CDC).
Smith clarified, “It is more of a push back – the snitches, and the contact tracers out there.” Adding that, “This is still a rural county.”
One regular customer to the Liberty Tavern expressed his support for the local bar. Charles Chamblerlain a stage 4 cancer and H1N1 survivor explained that he’s perfectly fine not having to wear a mask in the establishment.
Chamberlain explained, “I was quarantined in the Med Center for 12 months during my cancer treatments in Houston. WWhen I quit my treatments the doctor asked me if I was ready to die, and I looked at him and said, This ain’t even living, it’s existing.” He continued on, “This quarantine….that’s not living, that’s existing.”
“Going to the bar, going to the lake, going swimming with your friends, barbecuing, fishing — that’s living,” he explained.
Whether you agree or disagree with the Liberty Tree Tavern’s decision, at some point we can’t keep living in a bubble of fear. We need to reopen and start living our lives.