Masks required in 34 states. Are people wearing them?

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By Nanci Dixon
Thirty-four states currently have mask mandates. The mandates vary state by state depending on the age of the children, the requirement in schools, public transit, inside public areas to outside areas where people can’t be socially distanced. While some states have not mandated masks, cities within a state can mandate masks. Miami mandated masks while Florida did not.

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A couple of weeks ago I posted a question in the Facebook group, RVing during the pandemic. I asked if people are seeing others wearing masks and social distancing. 

Tom was in Rural Tennessee: “No and No. Signs posted masks are mandatory at some stores; many younger adults and some elderly ignore the signs and refuse to wear masks. I continually remind others of the distancing requirement, asking them to please keep their distance as they approach me. Percent and number of positive cases are on the rise.”

Theresa said, “Nope. Just went to Walmart in Hershey, PA. All folks had them going in. But then sure ’nuff, you see the ones who take them off when they’re inside. On line at the register, young couple, no masks. When we got up to the register I asked for spray to clean the keypad.”

“The more rural areas have a lot less mask usage” reported Rita.

Robbin posted, “Everyone wears them in NY. They are not that bad for a short amount of time”.

Mike had a suggestion and said, “We wear masks, many don’t. Beaches are a problem. This might be helpful.” 

Tell me in the poll below if most people, where you are, wear masks or not. Please feel free to leave a comment too, but remember to be respectful of others.

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Scott Rossell
29 days ago

In Yuma, Arizona, about 30% refuse to wear them. But more importantly, some of them are quite militant about it. I had an adult male sneeze, unmasked, three feet behind me in line at a Circle K. When confronted, he repeatedly said “Just leave, Bro.” I requested that the clerk refuse him service. The clerk was very young and did not comply. Regardless, his co-worker was only wearing his mask dangling over one ear. Only recently, Yuma was reporting a high of 7 deaths a day. But that’s okay, the Orwellian switch CDC just made in telling us that only 6% of cases are actually real makes me feel so much better.

Matt A Otter
28 days ago
Reply to  Scott Rossell

7 deaths a day? I’d love to see your source on that. Why do you drive an RV, are you aware how big and dangerous these things are?

On a side note, it’s a pretty lame tactic that you try to associate this man sneezing on you with people who don’t wear masks.

I’d never say it’s OK to sneeze on anyone, ever.

Last edited 28 days ago by Matt A Otter
Scott Rossell
28 days ago
Reply to  Matt A Otter

Wow Matt. You managed to call me a liar, an idiot, and lame all in one short message. Such love. Well, I guess no good deed goes unpunished. I shared the situation in Yuma, AZ. Do what you will with it. Peace out!

Matt A Otter
27 days ago
Reply to  Scott Rossell

Please show me where I called you an idiot or a liar – I asked you to provide a source for your claim.

I didn’t call you lame either, I said you used a lame tactic in trying to associate people who don’t wear masks with a man who was rude enough to sneeze on you.

Patricia
17 days ago
Reply to  Scott Rossell

Whoa, Scott, easy. Nowhere did Matt call you those things or imply them. While I agree that people refusing to wear masks in stores and other crowded public places put us all at risk, I’m a little taken aback on your attack on Matt. Please, let’s all take a deep breath before posting a comment or reply — I definitely include myself in that!!

Matt A Otter
1 month ago

I wonder does anyone care that the CDC just released their data stating that only 6% of the reported Covid deaths actually were from Covid?

I believe that comes out to around 10,000. Further nearly every 1 of them were ederly and/or had other health problems?

Just some food for thought.

David Shipp
25 days ago
Reply to  Matt A Otter

less than 0.03% of the population.

Patricia
17 days ago
Reply to  Matt A Otter

Matt, can you point me to that statement? I just looked at every part of the CDC Web site devoted to COVID-19 and couldn’t find that statistic anywhere…

Pete
1 month ago

The CDC instruction for wearing a mask is to immediately wash your hands and not touch your face after putting it on. Given that, can someone explain why anyone should put such a contaminated thing on their face in the first place?

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Pete

Hmmm. I think we’re supposed to dispose of disposable masks after each use and wash cloth masks after each use. So it should be clean (i.e., not contaminated) when you put it on. —Diane at RVtravel.com

David Shipp
25 days ago
Reply to  Pete

In spite of the RV staff comment which I have not heard any where lately, you are correct. When I was working in a hospital setting, we would never think of reusing a paper mask and there were receptacles to dispose of them near the exit of any room that we needed a mask in. Many people now hang the mask from the rear-view mirror. Of course sunlight may sanitize? right? It has actually been proven that touching your face installing a mask may be more dangerous then what the mask prevents. I carry hand sanitizere with me but unfortunatly, I some times find that I forgot to use it. However, I wash may hands as often as possible.

jillie
1 month ago

At work and no were else. I shop at places that leave me alone and I leave everyone else alone. Most who are not wearing them I will or most likely say hello to. Otherwise I have been acousted at a grocery store by a store clerk of all things for not wearing one when two others were not and this clerk did nothing but made an example of me. I no longer shop at this store. I shop elsewhere. Mask vs no mask? Your choice. Not a government choice.

Matt A Otter
1 month ago
Reply to  jillie

Amen.

M.Q.
26 days ago
Reply to  jillie

It would be great if people always made safe, pro-social choices — even in situations where they don’t face immediate, personal consequences for non-compliance.

But adapting our behavior to make others more safe isn’t always pleasant, convenient or cheap. And people are selfish.

So when public health is at risk, our elected officials make laws to help keep us safe.

Laws re safe driving, restaurant hygiene and childcare centers come to mind.

When you’re in private, then absolutely! You do you. But if you’re near me, then let’s both please do “us”.

carseg
1 month ago

In Franklin, IN, which is near Indianapolis, we visited a Walmart. I know Walmart Corporate mandated wearing masks over a month ago. IN governor mandated wearing of masks. Not many in this store were wearing masks, and if they were they didn’t have it over the nose, even the employees!! I mentioned this to an employee who had her mask over her nose but loose over the mouth. She said the police will not come to fine anyone not wearing masks if it’s not the law. I told her it’s mandated, therefore it IS the law. The manager will not turn anyone away for not wearing a mask, even though they pay someone to stand in front to tell people they have to have a mask on! I talked to a relative who is a manager in a Walmart in GA and he said that corporate said they will not turn anyone away for not wearing a mask. I’ve decided that I will boycott Walmart!! Some Walmart stores actually give a mask to anyone who doesn’t have one. The others are responsible for the rise in COVID 19.

Matt A Otter
1 month ago
Reply to  carseg

Actually it’s not the law, you should look into the process of how something becomes a law.

There is no “rise in Covid”, you obviously missed the latest CDC report. You’re spreading hysteria.

Tommy Molnar
1 month ago

Just wondering . . If masks work so well, why don’t we just ‘mask up’, wash our hands, and go back to work? What are we waiting for?

Matt A Otter
1 month ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Cuz it’s about control, I’m guessing your question is rhetorical?

Btw, careful with the handwashing, it rubs off your outer protective layer of skin and most sanitizers have lots of cancer causing toxins.

David Shipp
25 days ago
Reply to  Matt A Otter

We make our own sanitizer and know what is in it.

chuck
1 month ago

Chuck said rv travel is for intelligent people! Here is my research and experience. At age 50 the medical professionals said because of family history and other test results I need to be on blood pressure, cholesterol, aspirin etc. I listened, 10yrs later the side effects were not exceptible! Did my research and realized the professional were wrong! Been off all med for 6 yrs now and ALL of my test are great! My knees are in perfect shape now , I can run, jump off the back of semi’ at work, carry heavy boxes marked “team lift”, get my point!!! Just because the CDC said so does not mean it’s absolute truth. Don’t blindly follow and remember we live under a representative republic. At 66 yrs am living life!

Tom
1 month ago

Most wear a mask as directed by the governor and health experts. When I go out I wear a mask. This helps the community and business to be able to reopen. If you don’t want to wear stay away or inside.

Matt A Otter
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

How about the people who are scared stay home or do what they feel is necessary but leave the rest of us to make our own safety decisions?

Dave J
1 month ago

Masks. We live in a small (300 ppl) ranch town in SD. They’re usually not worn here. However when we go shopping in Rapid City we usually see quite a few in use. Walmart — about 25 % of customers and 100% of employees. Grocery stores — about 75% of customers and of course 100% of employees. Hardware stores — about 50% of customers .
Wife reports that yard goods stores (sewing stuff) is just about 100% of everybody.

Ellen
1 month ago

We’ve seen most people wear masks in Oregon (where it’s mandated but protested), especially in more urban areas; a mix here in the Boise area (no mask mandate here) but only where the store or restaurant requires it; and we didn’t see any masks in far western Montana a few months ago where we were in a county without cases when we left. Now that MT county has over 20 cases, which locals were anticipating because more people were beginning to travel through when we left.

We choose to vote with our feet. If we’re in a store or restaurant or service agency and don’t feel safe–for whatever reason–we leave. Did that the other day when we stopped into a tire store to see about getting the tires rotated on our toad. No masks on anyone in the business–so we left. They’re free to be maskless, I guess; but we’re also free to take our business where we feel comfortable.

Matt A Otter
1 month ago
Reply to  Ellen

No it’s not “you guess”, they are free to wear or not. Scary how many of you so easily comply.

I don’t even say this as a joke, if TV started telling you barking like a dog strengthens your lungs against covid…

I’d suddenly find myself surrounded by people barking like dogs and scolding me for not.

chris p hemstead
26 days ago
Reply to  Matt A Otter

Having fun making all your snarky replies?

Alan Wood
1 month ago

My wife is a nurse at a private nursing home (this is a very well run nursing home). This is a nursing home that has nursing home residents, assisted living residents and senior housing residents. They are very strict in the their Covid 19 procedures, masks are a must, all employees need to change out of their street clothes and into uniforms when they arrive, provided by the facility, and change back into their street clothes when finishing their shift. No family members were allowed to visit in-person except for approved hospise residents, and then only a strict few were allowed to visit. At the beginning of August a part-time cook tested positive for the virus. The facility tested 75 employees/residents and all were negative. The same 75 people were tested 2 days later and all were negative. Masks DO reduce the infection rate significantly. They DO work.

Matt A Otter
1 month ago
Reply to  Alan Wood

So why didn’t this nursing home wear masks before? There were/are tons of nasty things in the air, on surfaces, etc besides covid.

What evidence do you have that wearing masks did anything? Were people there dying in droves before masking?

FTR, I certainly agree that people who are ederly and/or have other health problems should always be more cautious, forcing it on everyone is ridiculous.

Last edited 1 month ago by Matt A Otter
Patricia
17 days ago
Reply to  Matt A Otter

Matt, come on. You have to know already that SARS-CoV-2 is an entirely new virus previously unknown to humans, which means we have zero, zip, diddly, NO defenses against it, on top of which it’s ridiculously easily transmitted. We have zero treatments in place and professionals are still learning about it even as we scramble to deal with it. Adding to the complexity is how differently people who get it are reacting to it. As to nursing homes and related types of living situations, stop for a second and use some common sense. My own MIL is in an assisted living center and has been for 3 years now. They didn’t require masks or stringent protocols because they **didn’t need to**. The nasties always prevalent are known quantities and people are used to them. They have trained staff and established routines for dealing with normal illnesses. Otherwise who’d trust their relatives or themselves in any assisted facility? Or to a hospital for that matter?

Gene Bjerke
1 month ago

Mask wearing seems to be mostly a political statement, not a public health thing.

Matt A Otter
1 month ago
Reply to  Gene Bjerke

Bingo! Everytime I’ve tried to discuss this with someone they almost immediately bring up Trump.

I don’t even like Trump, I don’t like either party (oop, just alienated 99% of ya didn’t I?).

I hate that most people’s views on this are based on partisanship, not evidence.

Michael S
23 days ago
Reply to  Gene Bjerke

Wearing the mask isn’t a political, but NOT wearing one sure is. For those who fear wearing a mask, what other articles of clothing do you demand freedom from?

Linda
1 month ago

Most people here do wear their masks – and properly, covering their nose too.

Anony
1 month ago

We’ve been traveling from South Georgia since 6/15. It all depends on the state: Wyoming, no; Montana, more; Oregon (only to visit family), most. It wasn’t a big deal while traveling through the middle of the country in mid-June. There seem to be more restrictions on personal freedoms every day. Don’t hate…just our opinion.

Irv
1 month ago

I visit two or three stores in my trips to town. I put my mask on at the first store and don’t touch or remove it until I exit the last store.

It’s almost impossible to remove a mask and put it back on without contaminating it or you. If you need to remove it between stores, use a separate mask for each and then either wash them between uses or let them sit for a week on the dash of your car in the sun.

Matt A Otter
1 month ago
Reply to  Irv

Are you serious?

Deborah Mason
1 month ago

Rural western Montana. We see quite a few people who won’t mask up. Businesses carefully word the signs on the door to reflect it is the governor’s order that masks be worn, to be compliant with the order, yet won’t enforce it (and have stated publicly they won’t & won’t check for a valid reason). Some masked people shoot dirty looks at the unmasked; some unmasked do the same to the masked. When we go into a big town we see a much higher percentage of masks, probably because in town a business is more likely to be cited for not enforcing it.

Matt A Otter
1 month ago
Reply to  Deborah Mason

Maybe I need to move to rural MO.

Roger Marble
1 month ago

Ohio has bent the curve and our daily numbers have held steady to gone down due to increased mask wearing. However in one local county which tends toward a certain political view, mask wearing rate is lower and their infection rate is higher than other counties.

Matt A Otter
1 month ago
Reply to  Roger Marble

You have links to proof of this?

BTW cases doesn’t = deaths or even sickness, it means you have the antibodies, which is a good thing.

Michelle
1 month ago

Yes Everyone in the Florida keys wares a mask in public. All workers in evey store and restauraunts. I have not seen one person in non-compliance. We are a small family down here and we all want to keep eachother safe. I can definatley say I feel safe down here. I can’t say the same further north. I visited Crystal River a few months ago and every one looked at us like we were crazy!! Barely anyone wote a mask. Some did however put one on after seeing us in the store with one so thats a plus.

chris p hemstead
1 month ago

I’m glad to see most people are listening to doctors. The president is not.

Diane Mc
1 month ago

Respectfully, he has warn a mask when necessary. Weekly visits to Walter Reed Hospital, tour of some businesses, etc. He is tested everyday as is anyone who comes in contact with him. Even with that, they still social distance at meetings in WH.

Mike Albert
1 month ago
Reply to  Diane Mc

Only when photographers are there.

carseg
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike Albert

How do you know what he does when photographers aren’t present??

Mike Albert
1 month ago
Reply to  carseg

Our friend’s son in law is on The executive protection team of the secret service and is Mrs. Pences’ agent. Agents are required to wear mask when working and with the 1st and 2nd families. Not so the families. Also my Brother in law works for the Trump organization (Eric’s) at the National Golf Courses selling memberships. We have spoken about this topic many times. The president has even been asked while on camera about his mask wearing and his reply is he doesn’t have it since he is tested everyday, and is still negative. Again, the mask doesn’t protect the wearer from the virus, it protects the wearer from spreading it.
I’m not their supporters! My wife, son and daughter in law are nurses and I will listen to the recommendations of the CDC, WHO and others that support healthy lifestyles and protections.
Wear a mask so you don’t give me Covid!

Matt A Otter
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike Albert

The CDC and the WHO, the people that have contradicted themselves numerous times since this all started?

Have you seen the latest CDC report?

carseg
1 month ago

We are traveling through the central part of the country and we’re seeing a mix of wearing masks and not wearing one. Walmarts a across the country imposed a mask mandate over a month ago. However, in this part of the country we’ve noticed that Walmarts are not enforcing that. In Arkansas for instance, we noticed that most were wearing masks and all employees were. At a store next door NOONE was wearing a mask!! Not even the employees nor were they even attempting to social distance! I couldn’t wait to get out of that awful store! We’re now in Indiana and so far, we have encountered that most people are wearing masks in the grocery store. We have been able to camp mostly at state parks since we left Texas. Only had to stay in one private CG and the spaces were a bit too close. We also are privileged to be able to camp in Military Fam Camps, where sites are widely spaced!! 

Matt A Otter
1 month ago
Reply to  carseg

They don’t wear masks and 6mnths later they’re not dropping like flies, hmmm, it’s almost as if this whole thing’s overblown.