Customers of Michigan ice cream shop lash out over mask rule

The owners of a Michigan ice cream shop are considering voluntarily shutting down after a series of confrontations with customers who refuse to abide by coronavirus safety restrictions.

Although the walls of Twist Ice Cream, located in Swartz Creek, are adorned with signs telling customers that masks are required, the shop’s owners say few people have complied — and a number of them have become aggressive when employees attempted to enforce the rule. The owners say if something doesn’t change soon, they’re going to shut down for the rest of the year.

The story has captured the attention of Justin Winslow, president of the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association. In a statement released Wednesday, he wrote, “We encourage guests visiting restaurants and hotels to follow the guidelines established by these businesses to keep themselves and their employees safe. We ask that these dedicated employees be treated with kindness as we all adapt to changes and ensure a positive experience for all.”

Why are so many people opposed to wearing masks? Would people be more willing to wear them if health officials said masks protect the wearers from the coronavirus?