Now that we have to wear masks for the unforeseeable near future, what is the etiquette for wearing masks? Is there an etiquette?
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), they say on the website to wear a mask when you can’t socially distance inside and outside. Obviously, if you are with your family who lives with you, you don’t need a mask.
AARP says to wear a mask when you are hosting a backyard party or BBQ for 30 people or less. They also say to wear a mask when you attend a party or BBQ outside. The article reads that if you are dealing with strangers or you are at work, wear a mask.
Here are my tips on Mask Etiquette:
Wear a mask at an outside dining experience. If you have to go inside the restaurant, wear a mask. Take off the mask when you are seated and eating. Put it back on when you are finished.
Don’t dangle the mask around your ear or under your chin. According to the University of Portland, if you touch the front of your mask, immediately wash your hands.
Don’t wear the mask in your own car when you are alone. If you are driving someone else’s car, wear a mask. If there are people in the car that you don’t live with, wear a mask, and open the windows.
When you go inside a supermarket, pharmacy, or anywhere else indoors, wear a mask.
If you are going to an event where people can’t socially distance, wear a mask.
The CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO), agree that masks are the only protection we have to protect ourselves. So let’s listen to the experts and stay safe.