VIGO COUNTY, Ind. — Community members may have noticed signs at the Vigo County annex telling them to “mask up.”
The signs are part of a “Mask Up, Hoosiers!” campaign launched by the Indiana State Department of Health as a way to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
While masks aren’t mandated in the state, some businesses, including Helping Hands in West Terre Haute, are requiring them before customers can enter.
“I’m sorry, but that is our rule, you know?” Bonnie Monaghan, Helping Hands treasurer, said. “It’s uncomfortable for all of us. We work down here under the circumstances.”
Monaghan noted that shoppers who refuse to wear a mask aren’t allowed inside, but so far, most customers have been compliant.
“They’ve just really been receptive,” she said. “Most everybody wears a mask when they come in.”
A few Indiana counties have made it a mandate for residents to wear masks; however, officials in Vigo County said that hasn’t been discussed locally.
Commissioner Brad Anderson said a mask mandate would ultimately be up to the health department.
“We would converse with the board of health to see what the spikes are and see what’s going on. See if they would ask us to do that,” he said.
Until things change Monaghan said she sees masks as a “new normal”
“That’s a minimal part of it is to throw on a mask,” she said. “None of us like it. But that’s the way of life.”