[Vision2020] Moscow police investigating maskless incident at Tri-State Outfitters

Tom Hansen thansen at moscow.com
Thu Dec 17 05:07:16 PST 2020

Courtesy of today’s Moscow-Pullman Daily News.


Moscow police investigating maskless incident at Tri-State Outfitters

The Moscow Police Department is investigating a Dec. 10 incident in which several customers at Tri-State Outfitters allegedly refused to wear masks and social distance, causing the store to close for a short time.

Upon completion of the investigation, the police department will work with the city’s legal office to determine whether any criminal charges are appropriate, according to a police news release today. The release said there were no additional details because it is an ongoing investigation.

Tri-State Outfitters President and CEO Joe Power said Thursday that 25 to 30 customers refused to put on face coverings when asked by the store’s staff.

The gathering stemmed from a Facebook post from Christ Church Pastor Doug Wilson to a private group called “De-Mask Moscow,” which called for people to shop without a mask during a two-hour window Thursday at Tri-State Outfitters.

Wilson said in a Dec. 10 text message to the Daily News he encouraged people to shop at the outdoor store in response to a Moscow Chamber of Commerce postcard sent recently encouraging people to shop local and because he heard Tri-State Outfitters was facing challenges.

Although the store closed to all customers for about 25 to 30 minutes starting around 11:20 a.m., the front doors remained locked until 3 p.m. and two to three employees stood at the door allowing only masked customers into the store.


Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .

"Moscow Cares" (the most fun you can have with your pants on)
Tom Hansen
Moscow, Idaho
“A stranger is just a friend you haven't met.” - Roy E. Stolworthy
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