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Require patrons to wear masks in grocery, hardware and convenience stores

Kansas City, MO > Public Health Access
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Proposed Jun. 2, 2020

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When indoors in public, patrons and staff are required to wear masks in stores deemed essential.

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Patrick McCarthy (06/24/2020)
No shirt, no shoes, no mask? No entry. No one argues anymore about No Smoking, so mKe masks mandatory until the virus is eradicated

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Michael Cunningham (06/19/2020)
Another follow-up from FB: RETIRED SURGEON Sam Laucks, has this to say about wearing masks: “OK, here’s my rant about masks: I have spent the past 39 years working in the field of surgery. For a significant part of that time, I have worn a mask. I have worked with hundreds (probably thousands) of colleagues during those years, who have also worn masks. Not a single one us of became ill, passed out or died from lack of oxygen. Not a single one of us became ill, passed out or died from breathing too much carbon dioxide. Not a single one us of became ill, passed out or died from rebreathing a little of our own exhaled air. Let’s begin here by putting those scare tactics to rest! (It is true that some people, with advanced lung diseases, may be so fragile that a mask could make their already-tenuous breathing more difficult. If your lungs are that bad, you probably shouldn’t be going out in public at the present time anyway; the consequences if you are exposed to Covid-19 would likely be devastating.) “But”, you ask, “can’t viruses go right through the mask, because they are so small?” (“Masks keep viruses out just as well as a chain link fence keeps mosquitoes out,” some tell us.) It is true that individual virus particles can pass through the pores of a mask; however, viruses don’t move on their own. They do not fly across the room like a mosquito, wiggle through your mask like a worm, or fly up your nose like a gnat. The virus is essentially nothing more than a tiny blob of genetic material. Covid-19 travels in a CARRIER – the carrier is a fluid droplet- fluid droplets that you expel when you cough, sneeze, sing, laugh, talk or simply exhale. Most of your fluid droplets will be stopped from entering the air in the room if you are wearing a mask. Wearing a mask is a very efficient way to protect others if you are carrying the virus (even if you don’t know that you are infected). In addition, if someone else’s fluid droplets happen to land on your mask, many of them will not pass through. This gives the wearer some additional protection, too. But, the main reason to wear a mask is to PROTECT OTHERS. Even if you don’t care about yourself, wear your mask to protect your neighbors, co-workers and friends! A mask is certainly not 100% protective. However, it appears that the severity of Covid-19 infection is at least partially “dose-dependent.” In other words, the more virus particles that enter your body, the sicker you are likely to become. Why not decrease that volume if you can? “What have you got to lose?!” “But doesn’t a requirement or a request to wear a mask violate my constitutional rights?” You’re also not allowed to go into the grocery store if you are not wearing pants. You can’t yell “fire” in the Produce Department. You’re not allowed to urinate on the floor in the Frozen Food Section. Do you object to those restrictions? Rules, established for the common good, are component of a civilized society. “But aren’t masks uncomfortable?” Some would say that underwear or shoes can be uncomfortable, but we still wear them. (Actually, being on a ventilator is pretty darned uncomfortable, too!) Are masks really so bad that you can’t tolerate them, even if they will help keep others healthy? “But won’t people think I’m a snowflake or a wimp if I wear a mask?” I hope you have enough self-confidence to overcome that. “But won’t I look stupid if I wear a mask?” I’ve decided not to dignify that question with an answer!! 📷:) “But I never get sick; I’m not worried.” Well, then, wear a mask for the sake of the rest of us who are not so perfect! There is good evidence that masks make a real difference in diminishing the transmission of Covid-19. Please, for the sake of others (and for the sake of yourself), wear your mask when in public. It won’t kill you! P.S. - And, by the way, please be sure that BOTH your nose and mouth are covered! Recommendations around mask usage are confusing. The science isn't. Evidence shows that masks are extremely effective to slow the coronavirus and may be the best tool available right now to fight it.”

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Clayton Neff (06/16/2020)
I would amend this to say something like "Any indoor space open to the public must prominently display a sign indicating whether or not a mask is required to enter." This allows the individual owner of the space to make their choice, and for anyone entering to know whether there may be people without masks inside so they can make an informed choice on whether to patronize that establishment.

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Mark Rodriguez (06/16/2020)
I support it! That all I have to say!

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Michael Cunningham (06/16/2020)
Considering that most stores are offering curb-side pickup or even home delivery I can not buy the argument that people are claustrophobic or inconvenience with wearing a mask but have to be in that store. I would no more allow someone in a store without a mask than I would allow them to spit on the floor or blow their nose on the floor. When it comes to corona virus there's not much difference.

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Theresa Belcher (06/16/2020)
There are a lot of people that are claustrophobic and can't wear them. I strongly oppose this.

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Samantha Duke (06/16/2020)
As someone who wears a mask already for eight hour blocks at my own workplace, I find it causes shortness of breath for me while I’m working. Would hate to see customers that have lung or breathing issues required to wear a mask. People that have hearing impairment and rely on lip-reading have it particularly hard in public spaces where everyone is wearing a mask. If they are deaf, they can’t perceive anything that’s being communicated without sign language or pen and paper. What’s more, I find that research about the effectiveness or possibility for detriment in continual mask use is all over the map right now. I think because of a lack of clear consensus among healthcare professionals, it would be better to leave the discretion to the customer. I understand requiring retail and restaurant employees to wear a mask on shift. It’s inconvenient, hard to speak through, and makes some of us light headed, but I think because they work as representatives of the business they work for while they’re on shift, it’s understandable. But for customers that are out visiting stores, it ought to be up their discretion how they want to use or not use a mask based on their conviction and the amount of research they’ve done personally. People that are convinced the risk is just too high have the right to stay home, get things delivered, or to go through the many curbside pick-up places that are available for retail and restaurants alike.

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Derron Pickett (06/16/2020)
Everyone doesn't have access to a mask or have a means to afford them and sometimes people forget them.

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Fran Baker (06/23/2020)
I don't buy you point when mask could be a simple bandana or tear up a old t shirt to use a mask. Anything is better than nothing. I have to wear a mask in my job 8 hours a day. I don't want anyone without a mask close to me. In our store people are more and more not wearing masks and they pay no attention to the 6 ft. suggestion.

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SHANNA T (06/16/2020)
We all have to wear shoes to enter stores. The arguments for/against would all be the same. Yet we are capable of making the shoe rule work without a second thought.

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Hollyann Kuhn (06/16/2020)
Then let’s find a remedy to make masks available to those who do not have access. I know some businesses requiring masks for entry have them on hand so all can comply.

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Linda Mott (06/15/2020)
I agree people should wear masks inside retail stores. This protects both employees and customers. We have to know what we want, get it and get out, until someone comes up with proper testing and proper vaccines. It’s not forever. There are ways to buy what you want by shopping at home online and picking up groceries at the curb. Retail and restaurants will fall over backwards for you if you can’t wear a mask. I wear one every time I go out and it’s hot but I’m organized and I get my stuff done fast.

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Mikaela Cazzell (06/15/2020)
I’d agree with a recommendation not a requirement. There are some with other health conditions that make it difficult to breathe wearing a mass.

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Lisa Lasker (06/09/2020)
I suggest you read about the detriments of masking and how dangerous it actually is to a person to rebreathe their own CO2 for long periods of time. I think it is ridiculous to make employees wear these on the job. Our public health is challenged enough.

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Theresa Belcher (06/16/2020)
Agreed

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Jimmy Gerlt (06/02/2020)
This should not be a requirement. It should be a personal choice - i.e, common sense should dictate.

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Deborah Sicoli (06/15/2020)
If mask usage were about protecting yourself, I'd be more inclined to agree it's a personal issue. But it's about protecting others around you and that's a public health issue.

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Mary Mcgivern (06/16/2020)
Exactly, it is the easiest and perhaps most effective way to protect others and ourselves. It shouldn't even be up for debate in the midst of a pandemic.

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