By Duncan Smith

A bar owner in Elgin, Texas isn’t taking any chances with coronavirus…”snitches.”

As such he has banned patrons from entering his establishment wearing a mask to allegedly protect themselves from contracting COVID-19.

“Due to our concern for our citizens, if they feel the need to wear a mask, then they should probably stay home until it’s safe,” says a sign on the door of the Liberty Tree Tavern.

That said, bar owner Kevin Smith did say that he’s still enforcing state-mandated social distancing rules, but that his message is more reflective of the need to maintain freedom.

“It is more of a push back — the snitches, and the contact tracers out there,” he told local KXAN.

Not everyone in town is keen on his idea.

“I think that's a risk. I think that's foolish,' said Elgin local, Ross Owens. 'They're taking chances they don't need to take, especially if they're in public service.”

Some states have mandated the wearing of masks in public, though it’s unclear whether they actually help stop or lower coronavirus infections.

In late March, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said there wasn’t enough data to know whether mask usage helped reduce the spread of coronavirus. Of course, a lot has changed since then and there is much more known about COVID-19 now than there was then.

Still, many people are simply more comfortable wearing a mask in public right now — and that’s okay.

But Smith is simply saying it ought to be a person’s choice to do so, not mandatory like many Left-wing authoritarians are calling for.

“I'm a stage 4 cancer survivor. It's just a choice. He just put that up there to let people know if they aren't feeling good, then they maybe shouldn't come,' Charles Chamberlain told KXAN. 'Everybody is keeping safe distances, they aren't bunching up.'

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