In the passing weeks, I have presented you with multiple common face mask mistakes that you are probably making. Today, I will write on yet another common mistake. With restaurants and public places opening up to the public again, there are a lot more mistakes possible for people to make. In the past few months, we have all heard the guidelines many many times – Stay six feet apart. Wash your hands. Wear a face mask. By this point, they are practically ingrained in us. Well, apparently, even people who strictly follow these rules slip up when it comes to the mistake in question. According to The New York Times, most of the public is still making a big mistake when it comes to not wearing a face mask while seated at a restaurant.
As bars, restaurants, and cafes continue to reopen nationwide, customers tend to follow the guidelines to wear a mask up until they are seated, The Times notes. However, many tend to take off their masks once they sat down, which goes against the advice of many experts. According to the website of one of those agencies, New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, “face coverings are not required when diners are seated, but wearing a face-covering as much as possible once at the table is the best way to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission for restaurant workers and dining companions.”
Some of the workers in the restaurant industry say that this behavior is disrespectful to service workers, who put their health on the line by showing up and doing their job. Others point out that not wearing a mask doesn’t only put restaurant employees in danger, but also the diners that are around you.
Getting customers to wear masks while they’re not eating or drinking has become especially challenging for restaurant employees in states where masks are not mandated. For example, Thunderhead Brewing in Kearney, Nebraska, recommends employees wear masks and has face coverings available for staff, but they’re not required for customers. One server told The Washington Post that only about 10% of her customers wear masks at any time in the restaurant and that those who don’t will sometimes mock her for wearing one. In fact, the server even stopped wearing a mask because it led to better tips, she told the magazine. She made $30 or $40 a shift while wearing a mask, but without one, she makes over $100. Please remain safe and worry about the health and well-being of others as well as your own.