Significant spread of COVID-19 in Poconos
The four counties that make up the Pocono Mountains are believed to have a substantial spread of transmission of COVID-19. Business owners differ on mask recommendation
STROUDSBURG, Pennsylvania – The four counties that make up the Pocono Mountains – Monroe, Wayne, Carbon, and Pike – are believed to have substantial levels of COVID-19 transmission.
The CDC recommends that everyone in areas with high or substantial levels wear masks indoors, whether or not they are vaccinated.
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Brewed Caffè is new on Main Street. The owner says the masks are the responsibility of the customer.
“Your health should be in your hands, but as businesses we try to make everyone feel comfortable. We’re going to make sure people wear masks if they can. let’s not force it. Everything is sanitized, cleaned, wiped down, “said Michelle Miller, Brewed Caffè.
NYC Street Grill is a popular dining spot. Owner Sheeri Qureshi says the understaffing has forced them to only offer take-out. She is worried about the spike in cases here in Monroe County and is limiting contact with clients.
“If they wear masks, I highly recommend wearing masks, but here, since we don’t offer dinner, it’s just quick to get in and out, and we have very minimal customer contact. when they come in. They just take their food, pay for the food and leave, ”Qureshi said.
Business owners in downtown Stroudsburg will continue to do whatever is necessary to keep their customers safe. However, some are telling us that the CDC’s recent mask-wearing recommendation is getting a bit confusing as Monroe County is one day in substantial spread, and out of it the next.
That’s why Nail’Tique, a nail salon on Main Street, kept the same rules.
“Sometimes they say no masks, then masks. Whatever they say, I mean, we’re going to temporarily demand masks until further notice, until things calm down a bit more,” he said. declared Vianca Rivera-Colon, Nail’Tique.
Business owners in Stroudsburg tell us they breathed a sigh of relief after hearing Gov. Tom Wolf is not in favor of another statewide shutdown, and he didn’t is also not in favor of requiring proof of vaccination to enter certain businesses like New York City has just decided to do this week.
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