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Mask order could help boost business for Winona deli

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WINONA, Minn. (WXOW) - Mayor Mark Peterson's citywide mask order could help customers feel safer and boost business for Beno's Deli.

"I hope that everyone just embraces it and does it and has a little bit of a sense of peace that they can maybe not be quite so scared," Beno's Deli owner Corinne Loomis said. "And maybe not be quite so afraid of leaving their house."

Starting Friday, it is required per Mayor Peterson's order that people wear a mask or face covering indoors in public areas.

"We want our kids to go back to school this fall," Mayor Peterson said. "We want our businesses to fully re-open and stay open."

Not everyone thinks wearing a mask is helpful or that the government should be allowed to enforce mask wearing.

Barbra Mihm's husband is living with dementia and he does not understand why masks are necessary and refuses to wear them.

"He will not keep one on," Mihm said. "So we've been denied entrance into a couple places."

Mihm said despite the extra challenges, she supports the mayor's mandate.

"We don't want this to turn into a confrontational situation," Mayor Peterson said. "We just want everybody to do what we think is the right thing and that's to protect themselves and others by wearing a mask."

Find more information on the City of Winona Website.

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