Sanford residents, business owners react to new mask mandate

Sanford residents and business owners are reacting to a new mask mandate approved by the city.Face coverings are now required anytime and anywhere people can’t social distance from others in public.The new mandate, approved unanimously by the city council, is in response to a series of coronavirus outbreaks at a church, two social clubs and the fire department.Businesses already had signs up on Friday alerting customers to the changes.Frannie’s Mini Donuts owner Jeff Hanselmann said he only had to remind a few customers to wear masks.”Pretty easy to wear a mask, you know in my opinion. I don’t know how we’re going to enforce it, but we’ll do our best, I guess, and we’ll see how it goes,” Hanselmann.Residents also had their own opinions on the mandate.”I think it’s a bit excessive but then again if it becomes a real serious fact and a lot of people are dying or getting seriously sick then perhaps it is a good idea,” resident Vincent Valentino said.Others said the mandate should have come a long time ago.”It should have come from our president from day-one, and we wouldn’t be in the situation we are in now. There I think should be a mandate everyplace – a national mandate,” Shapleigh resident Diana Tomasello said.Sanford police will enforce this new mask mandate. They will first give a warning and then a $100 fine per offense, and businesses that don’t comply can be shut down.

Sanford residents and business owners are reacting to a new mask mandate approved by the city.

Face coverings are now required anytime and anywhere people can’t social distance from others in public.

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The new mandate, approved unanimously by the city council, is in response to a series of coronavirus outbreaks at a church, two social clubs and the fire department.

Businesses already had signs up on Friday alerting customers to the changes.

Frannie’s Mini Donuts owner Jeff Hanselmann said he only had to remind a few customers to wear masks.

“Pretty easy to wear a mask, you know in my opinion. I don’t know how we’re going to enforce it, but we’ll do our best, I guess, and we’ll see how it goes,” Hanselmann.

Residents also had their own opinions on the mandate.

“I think it’s a bit excessive but then again if it becomes a real serious fact and a lot of people are dying or getting seriously sick then perhaps it is a good idea,” resident Vincent Valentino said.

Others said the mandate should have come a long time ago.

“It should have come from our president from day-one, and we wouldn’t be in the situation we are in now. There I think should be a mandate everyplace – a national mandate,” Shapleigh resident Diana Tomasello said.

Sanford police will enforce this new mask mandate. They will first give a warning and then a $100 fine per offense, and businesses that don’t comply can be shut down.