Des Moines coffee shop reopens with masks required

Wednesday was the first day back to wearing masks at The Slow Down Coffee Co. The owners said they made the decision after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designated Polk County as having a high risk of COVID-19 transmission.”We can’t control if other people are vaccinated or not and we also can’t control whether or not COVID-19 keeps mutating or comes up with different variants, but this is a simple thing that we can do, and that we can ask our customers to do to protect other people in the community,” said Kara Kelso, owner of The Slow Down Coffee Co. Kelso said the move is especially important to protect customers that are high risk and kids who aren’t eligible for the vaccine. Customers said they understood. “We’re already used to having the masks so it’s not that hard at this point,” said Derrek Sutherland, of Des Moines. “it’s more about protecting everybody else.”Other customers said they’ll do whatever it takes to get back to normal.”I just hope that people just follow what the businesses request so that we can get back to the point where we’re not wearing masks again<‘ said Sarah Bowers, of Des Moines. “If we don’t do that then we’ll probably be here for a long time.”The Slow Down Coffee Co. said they’re taking it day by day and will continue requiring masks until they feel it’s safe to stop.

Wednesday was the first day back to wearing masks at The Slow Down Coffee Co. The owners said they made the decision after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designated Polk County as having a high risk of COVID-19 transmission.

“We can’t control if other people are vaccinated or not and we also can’t control whether or not COVID-19 keeps mutating or comes up with different variants, but this is a simple thing that we can do, and that we can ask our customers to do to protect other people in the community,” said Kara Kelso, owner of The Slow Down Coffee Co.

Kelso said the move is especially important to protect customers that are high risk and kids who aren’t eligible for the vaccine. Customers said they understood.

“We’re already used to having the masks so it’s not that hard at this point,” said Derrek Sutherland, of Des Moines. “it’s more about protecting everybody else.”

Other customers said they’ll do whatever it takes to get back to normal.

“I just hope that people just follow what the businesses request so that we can get back to the point where we’re not wearing masks again<‘ said Sarah Bowers, of Des Moines. “If we don’t do that then we’ll probably be here for a long time.”

The Slow Down Coffee Co. said they’re taking it day by day and will continue requiring masks until they feel it’s safe to stop.