East Texas: Why Are We Masking In Some Public Places, But Not Others?
I'll admit, I'm a bit flummoxed.
Since the dramatic spike in Covid-19 cases in Texas, I've definitely seen more East Texans wearing masks. I was at the grocery store the other day and was sincerely encouraged by this. There was one young couple sauntering through the store without them, and I watched a store employee graciously ask them to put them on--which they also graciously agreed to do.
It certainly helps when major chains like Target, Wal-Mart, and Best Buy issue a nationwide mask mandate before allowing people into their stores. That's a heck of a catalyst to encourage East Texans to don the mask.
However, I picked up brunch yesterday and noticed that they're no longer doing the curbside pickup. So, that means you have to go inside to pick up your order. Upon entering, I noticed that while all of the employees were wisely wearing masks, the place was PACKED with people. Don't get me wrong, it was nice to see fellow friends and neighbors enjoying a meal with loved ones--we all miss that.
At the same time, it's disturbing to see so many people so close to together--laughing and chatting as if there's nothing to worry about. Is it cognitive dissonance? Do we somehow feel that in these happy places we're immune from infection?
In grocery stores and other big chains, there's already a measure of social distancing. One can enjoy a shopping experience at Target without leaning in too close to the lady standing next to you in the towel aisle to ask her if she would recommend the white or leopard-print shower curtain for your summer house decor refresh.
But in places where we are seated close together as a rule, why do we think this is a safe zone?
I'm sincerely curious for your feedback. I know we are still seeking to navigate what can feel like a truly surreal experience. And, if we've not been personally affected by Covid, the virus and all of these headlines can seem a bit over-dramatic. But I know if we were to talk to friends or family of those who've been lost or are seriously ill, we may stop and reconsider--and get that food to-go.