I work part-time as a delivery driver. I have entered a lot of restaurants in recent weeks and there is an observable trend of staff of all ages covering their mouths but not their noses. Worse, some wear masks over their chin — whether making pizza or ringing up customer orders.
These staff need to be educated on the mask wearing protocol.
Everyone should know that masks (and bandanas, balaclavas, gaiters, and other face coverings) are supposed to cover your mouth, nose, and chin. It shouldn’t be too tight but it definitely shouldn’t be loose. If you cough, sneeze, or simply exhale while wearing the mask, droplets should remain inside the mask. And, always have a second mask nearby in case the first one gets wet or uncomfortable.
Kudos to Walmart, Starbucks, Best Buy, Walgreens, Home Depot, Costco, and other companies for stepping up their commitment to social responsibility and requiring customer masks. I assume the employees are also wearing masks. I hope they’ve been taught the protocol.
To be fair, one reason for bad mask wearing could be the brand. I’ve observed many restaurant workers wearing a similar style that is so narrow that it only covers the mouth.
I have it down to a near-science to know which restaurant is more likely to exhibit which behavior. Sometimes I reject the order. Other times I accept it to see if the employee trend changed.
If you are home or in a car or outside by yourself or with your social bubble, do what you want. But if you’re inside — and in a place where other people can enter (and see you) — follow the mask wearing protocol and do your part to flatten the curve.
P.S. To customers wherever you are: Please don’t harass the staff.