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A Toronto Store Is Offering 'Mask Hours' For People Who Don't Want  To Shop Mask Free

Two hours a day, two days a week, guests and staff will be required to wear a mask.

Toronto Staff Writer
Outside of a Hooked store in Toronto. Right: Inside of a Hooked store in Toronto.

Outside of a Hooked store in Toronto. Right: Inside of a Hooked store in Toronto.

"To mask up or not to mask up?" is a question weighing on many Ontario minds these days.

The Ontario government has lifted mask mandates in the province for most indoor spaces, which means shoppers no longer have to wear masks if they don't want to while grabbing groceries, hitting the mall and more.

However, some people are choosing to still wear a mask for various reasons.

Hooked, a fish market with multiple locations in Toronto, has come up with a unique solution to make their store a comfortable space for all guests, regardless of their masking preference.

Hooked posted an announcement on Instagram on March 21, saying that they will have "mask hours" for two hours after they open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, where all guests and staff will be required to wear a mask.

Outside of "mask hours," masks will not be required in the store, but Hooked clarified in their Instagram caption that its staff will "remain masked" for the "time being."

"For the time being, the Hooked Team will remain masked. We are happy for you to choose whether to mask or not," reads the caption.

Kristin Donovan, co-owner of Hooked told Narcity their program will allow people “who are immune-compromised, those with small unvaccinated children, and the elderly” to shop in person comfortably who otherwise wouldn't be able to.

“Giving these folks a few hours a week to shop in comfort, in a clean shop, having personal interactions with our team is so important.”

Many people took to the comment section to applaud the store's solution.

One user wrote, "Haven't seen this done yet but it's a great idea. Love it."

Another user commented, "That is really awesome of you as there are a lot of us for which the pandemic is not over thank you for your thoughtfulness!"

    Brooke Houghton
    Toronto Staff Writer
    Brooke Houghton is a Staff Writer for Narcity Canada's Ontario Desk focused on celebrity news and is based in Toronto, Ontario.
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