A grocery store in the Kootenays has hired a security guard for the first time since they opened their doors 45 years ago, but it’s not due to an increase in shoplifting.
Since B.C.’s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry ordered masks to be worn in all indoor public spaces last week, staff at the Kootenay Co-op in Nelson said they have seen an uptick in people refusing to wear a mask and becoming combative when told to do so.
The Co-op made masks mandatory for staff back in June in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19 , but they left it up to customers to decide whether they wanted to wear one.
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