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‘Looking forward to it’: Stroud Foodland owner thinks face masks will help people feel protected

'We all want to get through this together and be as safe as  possible'
Foodland Stroud owner Troy Scott said he and his staff are looking forward to when face masks become mandatory in enclosed public spaces on July 13 Shane MacDonald, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The owner of Foodland in Stroud says he thinks mandatory face masks in enclosed public areas will be a good thing. 

“We’re looking forward to it,” Troy Scott, owner of Foodland Stroud,  said. “Making it mandatory makes it that level of security where  everybody is on the same page.”

On July 7, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit announced that, as  of July 13,  members of the public will be required to wear face  coverings in enclosed public areas to prevent the possible spread of  COVID-19. 

Scott said most people have been wearing face coverings in the grocery store to date. 

“In the last three weeks we’ve noticed a large increase. I would say  75 per cent of the customers are currently wearing masks,” he said.  “Most people have taken it fairly serious.”

He notes the store serves Sandycove Acre residents who may be more at risk from the virus. 

“We all want to get through this together and be as safe as  possible,” he said, adding the store will provide face masks to people  who don’t have one. “We’re lucky with our head office being able to  source the masks. I’ve been able to do some locally here, too.” 

In the same plaza in Stroud, Innisfil Tailoring is making cloth face masks for other businesses and individuals. That’s where Scott got some more masks for his staff. 

Two customers outside the Foodland store said they had no problem with the mandatory mask order. 

“We’re surprised that the staff don’t wear masks,” George Tamaki said. 

Face coverings had been optional for staff at the Foodland location,  with face shields mandatory in some departments where physical  distancing wasn’t possible. 

“If it helps prevent germs from spreading, it’s definitely a good thing,” Lyn Tamaki said of the new mask requirement. 

Shane MacDonald, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Barrie Advance