New York City deli’s face mask sign demands visitors to wear protective gear

A tiny sign, found in an outdoor register at the deli across the street from the U.S. Capitol, asked patrons of the shop to wear face masks while they shop. House Democrats passed a…

New York City deli’s face mask sign demands visitors to wear protective gear

A tiny sign, found in an outdoor register at the deli across the street from the U.S. Capitol, asked patrons of the shop to wear face masks while they shop. House Democrats passed a bill on Friday requiring all House visitors to wear such masks on Capitol grounds, one day after a gunman opened fire in Alexandria, Va., wounding five people and killing one. The man, identified as a 62-year-old retired Navy veteran, was also found to have a stockpile of guns, ammunition and gear. The Deli on Capitol Ave. eventually displayed the sticker, which bore no name and no phone number. But incoming vice president Joe Biden was spotted earlier in the day without any face mask—perhaps a sign that he is planning to step down from Congress before the law goes into effect.

“In the last hour we have received no public comment on the bill and therefore would like to leave our customers to their own judgement,” Deli manager Melinda Young said in a statement via the Political Staffing Society. But Young does seem to think the sign should be annoying in one way, telling the Providence Journal that as long as it’s up there on her place, “people are going to come in here and look at it and see it and go, ‘What’s that? Oh my God, I can’t believe that’s going up there.’”

Read the full story at the Providence Journal.

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