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Shelly left the gym early the other day since once nearby user constantly removed his mask during workouts; of course she complained but the “hall monitors” never seemed to police that location inside. As we dine I shared my experience at the Roosevelt Field Mall Friday afternoon. I visited the Apple Store their by appointment for service on my iPhone (It needed a battery replacement, and I found the repair cost-effective.). It was my first time, post COVID visiting that mall. The Apple Store checked you in and took your temperature and then directed you to a line for repairs outside the store; another outside line accommodated Apple Store shoppers. The line moved quickly. The Apple Store interaction contrasted favorably to my wife’s interaction at the gym.

 

However, the walk through the mall (I parked near the closest entrance to reach the Apple Store.) remained problematic. Though not crowded – as I might have found it pre-COVID, the mall shoppers often disregarded floor directional markings and some donned their masks in nonuseful manners. Of course the mall clearly requires we protect ourselves and others. The most frequent ‘violation’ involved masks covering mouths but not noses.

 

What I find different in these COVID times revolves around the utility of making a point of not rushing anywhere. So for example, I find myself stopping often to avoid interacting with others – you know crossing people’s path. I view physical distance in walking around just as important as in stationary settings. This contrasts pre-COVID with brisk walks from points A to B, etc. I find no personal joy in wearing a mask; early on I acquired three featuring the logo of my fave but falling short again sports team (that may change soon based on current events; jury remains out but many of us express hope and look forward). I wear one to protect myself and others and out of respect for others, including strangers.

 

With the help of public officials and my local community board working through my civic I also distributed masks to neighbors and friends (If you need let me know.). I am also involved with the Knights of Pythias where in New York, local lodges and districts supported by our Grand (State) Lodge, support front line workers. My own 46th District recently fed health care workers at Menorah Center and emergency room workers at Mt. Sinai Brooklyn. We appealed to our members to support this effort; those donating $25 or more receive a mask (see pic upper left) with a Pythian logo.

 

So while wearing a mask makes a statement, that you care for and respect others (and your own health, too), it also offers an opportunity to make a statement and align your self, with a fave team, a musical artist, a cause. But really just wear one. Please! It does make a difference. Thank you.

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  •  Fred wrote 12 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    To think, I used to scoff at people years ago who wore masks on the subway...
     
       
     
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  •  NSpizz wrote 11 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I was on a checkout line and everyone wore masks. When i got to the counter there was a silver bullet there.
     
       
     
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  •  MarilynGenoa wrote 11 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Thank you Corey this was very well said. I have tremendous difficulty trying to understand why masks have become anything but a symbol of the recognition and acknowledgment that wearing one is critical not for just our own protection but for the protection of those around us. I still have not gone into many public places because of those within those spaces who refuse to wear masks.
     
       
     
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  •  ShelleySimpson wrote 11 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    The pedicabs are back - many drivers unmasked. The horse carriages are back - many drivers unmasked.I wear my mask and most of the runners in the Park wear them as well. On the street most people on the UWS wear them. I can't see how we will have post coronatime if people don't get with the program. I fear that I am getting used to not being around people.
     
       
     
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  •  Steven_Lichtenstein wrote 11 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I wear masks whenever in a crowded place, indoors or outdoors. While in the Catskills last weekend some cities like Rhinebeck have a mandatory mask requirement in the downtown area. In my gym it is only back to 25-35% capacity but everyone wears one over the nose and do not take off unless to grab a quick drink. Most of my masks are with a Grateful Dead design and a subtle reminder ...that if you don’t wear one others may not be grateful that your dead!
     
       
     
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  •  John_Buscarello wrote 11 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    It's the height of selfishness to not wear a mask.....And those not wearing them have helped to cause a spike in cases. If you are not wearing a mask correctly you are apart of the problem.
     
       
     
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  •  Daniel_Schwartz wrote 11 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Driving to the Poconos yesterday, I saw signs on all the NY highways remindding you to wear a mask. People in PA where I was at least comply. All stores, cafes and such had mask wearing patrons. But the biggest offenders wherever I go are the kitchen employees. They all seem to lift them off their nose or leave them hanging. It is hot in the kitchen, but that is also wear stuff spreads. What to do?
     
       
     
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  •  Rona_Gura wrote 11 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I recently commented on something you raised, moving slower. I have also that, in potentially crowded places, I am moving slower to avoid unnecessary contact. But it's nice to take that time to "smell the roses" a bit too.
     
       
     
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  •  RayW wrote 9 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Thanks for sharing Corey. It’s very frustrating and unbelievable when you’re out in public and the people that don’t wear mask or don’t wear them properly don’t care about the well-being of others around them.

    Dan, I've experienced this as well. I have done minimal takeout during the pandemic. I visited my nearby Chipotle about a month ago for some takeout and the staff were wearing masks but their noses we're out of the masks. I couldn’t understand it and of course shared my experience with their corporate office, but my feedback wasn’t addressed. They continue to do the same thing weeks after I spoke to their corporate office.
     
       
     
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