Wearing a mask is a matter of respect | News, Sports, Jobs
More and more people are ditching their masks these days, and it is obvious that they are happy with it. You can see it in the smiles that have been hidden for so long.
With the recent announcement from the Centers for Disease Control that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks to protect themselves from COVID-19, many companies have followed suit. Walmart no longer requires masks for fully immunized staff and customers. Tops either. Wegmans initially said his mask mandates would remain, but later changed course to follow the lead of other stores.
However, since these companies have set aside these mandates, others may choose to keep them for the time being. And that is their right as private entities. Governor Andrew Cuomo mentioned this fact when he announced that the state would follow CDC guidelines for fully vaccinated people.
“We ask Pennsylvanians to continue to be kind and respectful to each other as we continue to fight COVID-19”, Alison Beam, Secretary of State for Health, said at a recent press conference.
There may be stores and businesses that you frequent that will need masks to stay. They are allowed to do this. It is not for a political declaration. This is about protecting their staff and customers from the virus as much as they deem necessary.
And there may be fully vaccinated staff and customers in companies where mask warrants are gone who always feel more comfortable wearing them. It’s good too. They may not be as comfortable without protection, and being too careful doesn’t hurt anyone.
So keep in mind in your daily life that some companies and customers have a different view of wearing masks than others. Wearing them, even when the mandates are definitely over, is no problem. These people do whatever they feel is necessary to protect themselves and others.
They are happy to do it… even though the masks they wear protect their smile.