By Ian Lenahan, Portsmouth Herald
PORTSMOUTH -- Mask-less patrons and employees of a popular Congress Street restaurant won’t be turned away, its owner says, despite the city’s new public health directive requiring facial coverings in indoor public settings.
The Goat Bar and Grill owner Al Fleury expressed his disappointment the city isn’t allowing business owners to decide whether face masks should be required inside their establishments. He said his staff will continue complying with state COVID-19 regulations.
Fleury’s remarks came three days after City Manager Karen Conard authorized a request from the city health officer to require people age 5 and older in Portsmouth to wear masks in public indoor spaces. Conard cited a state statute and bypassed the typical City Council ordinance adoption process.
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