No shoes, no mask, no service | McFarland Thistle
A few days after the Centers for Disease Control declared that fully vaccinated people no longer needed to wear masks, I ventured into a local grocery store without a face mask. The store had changed its policy: people who were fully vaccinated could do without a mask while those who had not received the vaccinations were encouraged to continue wearing the masks.
But, when I pulled up to the post office, there was a sign advising everyone to always wear a mask. So, I grabbed the mask from my pocket and looped it over my face.
With recent guidelines from the CDC and Dane County’s mask mandate completely abandoning on June 2, sole proprietorships or corporations will decide whether the masks will still be needed. I suspect some places will still recommend people to continue to mask themselves or ask those who are not vaccinated to continue to cover their faces in order to alleviate the virus.
As anyone with access to YouTube can attest, stores with mask orders in place while the state, county, or municipality does not require face coverings have generated numerous viral videos. Specifically, customers harass employees for being asked to wear a face mask. For the past two weeks, former child actor Rick Schroeder berated a Costco employee for asking the artist to follow store policy by wearing a mask. He then apologized after the video he filmed of the meeting went viral, and not for the reasons Schroeder was probably expecting.
Look, if there’s a policy to wear a mask, I’m not going to make a big scene about having to put one on. We are asked to wear shoes in almost all indoor public spaces (and sometimes private) and during the summer I really prefer to leave my feet free, but I’m not going to berate an employee for enforcing the rules. Once I have finished where the shoes are needed I can take them off once I leave.
The same goes for masks; if a store, school, or government building asks people to continue wearing masks, I’m not going to argue. That’s why I always keep a mask in my car – just in case I need to wear it.
In all fairness, I can still wear my mask in places where face masks are not needed. Going to the local grocery store for 20 minutes to buy certain things won’t increase my anxiety – there’s plenty of space between shoppers to maintain some social distance. But, hypothetically, going to a convention in Milwaukee where masks aren’t needed and thousands of people move around an indoor space where objects are picked up and social distancing isn’t very possible – I’m going to mask to help ease my anxiety a bit.
Yes, I know one of the goals of getting the vaccine was to go without a mask, but I also know that there are a lot of people who haven’t gotten the COVID-19 vaccine for some reason. I know that not everyone without a face mask in places where there are signs that vaccinated people do not need to mask themselves. Someone I know doesn’t want to get the vaccine until the FDA has officially approved it, will go to places without a mask because “everyone will assume I got the vaccine.”
I mean people even buy fake vaccine cards because they don’t want to have to cover their faces. You don’t even want to get me started on this path, where people compare these documents to Jews forced to wear a yellow Star of David under the Nazi regime. Let’s just say I have a lot of colorful language to respond to these types of comparisons.
Eventually, however, my mask-wearing days will be mostly over. I say this because when the flu season rolls around it would be nice to have some more germ protection and the mask helped keep my nose warm in the cold weather. And if it’s a day when the pollen counts are high, I’m more than happy to reduce the risk of my allergies acting.
And, if there is a store or other building where the motto is “no shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service”, I don’t mind covering my face a bit. If I can wear shoes, I can definitely wear a mask.