Local business owner reacts to possible mask mandate extension

 Local business owner reacts to possible mask mandate extension

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The possible extension of Kansas City, Missouri’s mask mandate is disappointing news for some hoping it would expire soon.

On Wednesday, the Transportation, Infrastructure and Operations Committee voted to recommend extending the city’s current mask mandate in public spaces until Nov. 4.

“I’m frustrated. It’s tough because every time when we had the mask mandate released, we saw this huge jump in business and a lot of people coming out,” Joe Zwillenberg, a local business owner, said. “When they put the mask mandate back on, we dropped 25 to 30%.”

Zwillenberg owns Westport Flea Market, a restaurant famous for its burgers, and said he has heard from fellow business owners in the city who have heard of customers going to establishments with less restrictions across the state line in Kansas.

Zwillenberg said he will comply with whatever decision the city makes. However, he said he prefers to focus on hamburgers, not…

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