A Kansas restaurant approximately 10 miles southwest of Kansas City is refusing to obey the state’s mask mandate because its owner said he “doesn’t believe” that wearing them helps curb the spread of COVID-19.
Don Chilito’s Mexican Restaurant is one of 18 establishments in Mission, Kansas, that have received a visit from District Attorney Steve Howe’s office after non-compliance complaints, according to local NBC affiliate KSHB. Of those 18, only Don Chilito’s is refusing to comply.
Don Chilito’s is a family business owned by Barry Cowden, who maintained that a mask mandate violates his civil liberties. “It’s supposed to be a free country, and we can make our own decisions with what we do in our lives and in our businesses,” Cowden said.
Regarding studies that have shown that wearing masks helps mitigate the spread of the virus, Cowden said, “I don’t believe it. I don’t think that there is any science that proves that.”
Despite not requiring his workers