MADISON (WKOW) -- As coronavirus cases continue to rise in Dane county, restaurants are implementing their own safety measures.
At Lucille, they are requiring customers to wear a mask. Their policy states, "No mask no seat, no service."
"We always put on the table that if the contagion was worse here locally that we would change our procedures to have to impose masks onto our guests, something we didn't really want to do, but something right now we feel like we have to do," Co-owner Josh Berkson said.
"We also don't serve parties that are moving around, that are mingling at the bar, we don't serve anybody in less they're seated," Manager Hanna Wozniczka said.
Lucille wants to be proactive instead of reactive especially following a holiday weekend.
"We're looking in terms of what's happening right now in terms of Florida, Texas, California, and really talking about well what if that happened here, and how do we play a role in preventing that?" Berkson said.
"We've got our pulse in terms of where the community is at and what we need to do proactively as a business. There are still other protocols that we can put in place as a business if things get worse."
Lucille also partnered with Urban Land Interests to invest in an air filtration system.
"It kills I think 99.4 percent of airborne germs, and it does have an effect on viruses like COVID," Wozniczka said. "They use it in hospitals and schools, so that's a really great safety measure for inside."
Berkson says he is in favor of Dane County issuing a mask mandate.
"If I was a city official, I would be looking very hard at those type of preventative measures to keep people safe. It's like wearing a seatbelt so right now it just seems like the safe thing to do."