Florida Sports Bar Says it Will Toss Customers Wearing Masks

One sports bar is going against recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and science when it comes to combating the coronavirus.

Westside Sports Bar and Lounge in Melbourne, Florida is vowing to throw out any customer who attempts to enter the establishment while wearing a facemask — despite facemasks and coverings proving to be effective in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Gary Kirby, the bar’s owner, touted his new policy while speaking to the local media.

If you enter the bar with a facemask, you will be asked to remove it. If you do not oblige, you will be asked to leave.

“We find it completely unnecessary to have face masks at all,” Kirby said, via Newsweek. “We do not support them, we do not believe in them.”


The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).

The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.

While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 6.7 million confirmed cases and 198,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.

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