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Attorney: Private businesses can make their own mandates

Published: Jul. 17, 2020 at 5:44 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The legal battle has bounced back and forth.

“I think people are just genuinely confused which is the absolute worst thing that can happen,” said Attorney Scott White.

Governor Andy Beshear’s mask mandate stands for now and it comes as major retailers are joining the effort.

Stores like Walmart, Target and CVS are among the many that will require shoppers to cover their faces.

Walgreens, Target, Publix join a list of stores mandating masks.
Walgreens, Target, Publix join a list of stores mandating masks.(WKYT)

Attorney Scott White points out that private businesses can legally create their own restrictions like this.

“And if someone says ‘you can’t infringe my liberty. I’m going to come in.’ They can say no sorry and turn them away,” said White.

Many stores say they’ll have employees at the entrances to enforce the mask requirement.

White says people who refuse could be arrested and face charges of trespassing.

If people try to legally challenge these businesses White says it wouldn’t end well for that consumer.

“Walmart’s lawyers would easily be able to knock that case out right off the bat,” said White

While more businesses in Kentucky no longer have a choice when it comes to masks, around the country they’re sending a message to consumers to cover up.

To learn more about which stores will require masks click here

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