We always like it when Lakeland makes it into national media for something that doesn’t involve crime or Florida Man. A just-published New York Times article about face mask policies closes with four paragraphs about Black & Brew Coffee House and Bistro. Owner Chris McArthur had feared a backlash if his two locations “went out on a limb” and required masks before other businesses did. He had hoped the City Commission would give him and other business owners cover. When that didn’t happen, he decided to require masks with the thought “our customers might appreciate the extra precautionary measures.”

Source: The New York Times

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Barry Friedman

Barry Friedman founded Lkldnow.com in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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  1. I personally applaud a business man or woman who has the determination to make a decision based on the right thing. Not the most popular thing. It takes a sense of self worth, selfconfidence, and understanding that he/she has the power, the caring, and the ability to make the best decision. It appears , sense our own city council does not have the wherewithal to make a protective decision for the people of this city that those decisions will be left to individual businesses. The city council should be thankful that businesses are willing to cover their oversight/error.

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