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The Mask Police
The Mask Police
16 days ago 17 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:

Ben’s Thursday blog asked what safety protocols you are following during this time. Today I am asking, what etiquette protocols are you following when others either are not wearing masks or wearing them improperly? Essentially, my question is whether you have become a member of the mask police?

 

 

Recently, I have been in three different situations where people were either not wearing masks or wearing them ineffectively. I reacted differently each time. The first time I was standing online to be seated in an outdoor restaurant. The gentleman in front of me turned around to speak to me with his mask off his face. I instinctively took a few steps back. When his Wife asked him to put his mask on, he begrudgingly did so muttering, “I don’t believe in this mask stuff.” Happily, he then got called to his table before I, or my obviously annoyed husband, had a chance to respond.

 

 

 

The following day, while washing my hands in the public restroom in my office building, a woman came up to the other end of the sink-about four feet away from me-not wearing a mask. Unsure whether I should say anything, I merely, with a clear purpose, adjusted my own mask and left the restroom.

 

 

 

Lastly, when walking into my office building one morning, I came upon my building manager, Edgar (who I am very fond of) talking to someone I did not know. The person I did not know was wearing a mask but had it on below his nose. I purposely walked between them and said, “If you’re speaking to Edgar you have to wear your mask properly, that means covering your nose as well.” The gentleman fixed his mask and Edgar gave me a friendly wink.

 

 

 

It is not lost on me that, the only time I spoke up about a person’s mask, was to protect someone else I cared about. What would you have done? Have you corrected others when they are wearing masks improperly?

 

 

 

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  •  Corey_Bearak wrote 16 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    My union clients are told not yo enforce. Since i believe it’s about safety and public health i would say something, perhaps offering a mask from my supply.
     
       
     
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  •  Fred wrote 16 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    The answer is complicated by the situation...
     
       
     
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  •  MarilynGenoa wrote 16 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    This is the reason I have really not been mixing and mingling. I did break that resolve to assist neighbor who had a problem, however when I approached the family and the two police officers who were there to assist I was apalled that I was the only one wearing a mask. When I asked why nobody was wearing a mask I really didn’t get a response— it was uncomfortable and I tried to step back to maintain distance Although we were all outdoors, nobody was 6 feet apart.
     
       
     
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  •  NSpizz wrote 16 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I was online at a store and the guy in front of me wore a mask. When it was my turn I noticed he left a silver bullet on the counter
     
       
     
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  •  Daniel_Schwartz wrote 16 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    It is complicated and situational for sure. I have said in t places where it was obviously appropriate, inside in close quarters. Not as much outside, even if less than 6 feet apart. It is becoming clearer and clearer that although most will wear a mask indoors, I only see maybe 50% outside. We were at a BBQ this weekend by the parents of someone on my son's baseball team. We came masked but no one was wearing once we got in their back yard. Eventually we had ours off of course to eat but never put it back on for the rest of the evening. We were all outside and it seemed normal for a few hours. I can see why so many don't want to, but it still bothers me when I see it happening.
     
       
     
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  •  Victoria_Drogin wrote 16 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Complicated question. I am not looking forward to classes starting this fall. The protocol as of right now is that I am teaching in person with a mask (and a face shield if I want one) half of my class will be socially distanced in the room with me and half will be online through a camera and zoom room on the podium. Not sure how all of this is actually going to go down. LOL On the one hand I hate not being able to see my students faces, or to have them see mine, but this is the new normal so in teaching Business Communications, part of my curriculum will be navigating How to communicate powerfully and effectively through mask and screen.
     
       
     
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  •  Victoria_Drogin wrote 16 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Also, the college has mandated that all students, fac and staff have to wear masks. Not sure what to do if someone isn’t.
    We also have friends who have had it and sometimes don’t wear masks because they tested for antibodies, but sometimes they do “just to be polite“. Not sure where the science is on contagion after you have had it and have antibodies.
     
       
     
     
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  •  Benjamin_Geizhals wrote 16 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I think you handled the situations appropriately. Each required a different nuanced approach. When it's in your face, walk away. First and foremost, protect yourself.
     
       
     
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  •  ShelleySimpson wrote 16 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I'm with you ... it is situational. The idea of wearing a mask is in large part to protect others. Doctors and nurses aren't worried about catching a bad gall bladder or worn out knee. The mask to protect the patient. I tend to stay away from people these days and have not been in a situation where I have felt the need to speak up, but I will without a doubt if someone is not following safety protocols.
     
       
     
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