Starting today the outdoor mask mandate has been lifted other than for when people are at crowded outdoor events (football matches, concerts) though to be honest it gets just as crowded at midday on Calle Sierpes here. The Ministry of Health still recommends the use of the mask outdoors when there are crowds in which it is not possible to maintain a distance of one and a half meters. Again, like most streets in the centre of Sevilla. But this is a recommendation, not a requirement. Getting mixed responses on Twitter. One guy on Twitter said he was going to wait and see what everyone else was doing… not usually the best indicator of how one should actually behave. Basically I agree with this guy…
I am just going to keep on the way I have been. Since I am usually going somewhere when I go out and will have to put a mask on before entering anyhow, why not just wear it? I mean, if I am walking outside and there is nobody around, I’ll pull the mask down to my chin so I can breathe more easily, and then if someone shows up I just have to pull it up again. Easy. There’s so much we still don’t know, especially about the new omicron variants… and now more reports are coming in about long covid and other ways the virus continues to affect our bodies after it’s supposedly gone.
Meanwhile, in Spain masks are still required everywhere indoors unless you are seated at a table in a restaurant. They are still required on all public transit, and in hospitals and schools. What’s it like where you are?
Where I am…? Christ, I can’t keep track of the revolving door of “masks on, masks off” that is the current checkerboard of regulations on masking or other pandemic precautions. I think DC, across the river, is maintaining its mandate, but this Trumpublican shill in the VA governor’s mansion is pushing hard to rip everyone’s mask off and feed his constituents to the virus. Seven school districts sued him over an executive order FORBIDDING school systems to mandate masks in the classroom.
Basically, no one’s driving this bus. I haven’t seen any leadership from the Federal government in weeks, only a daily tweet from the President chirpily reminding everyone to “get vaccinated, get boosted and wear a mask and we’ll get through this” while school systems in Texas are limiting teachers to THREE DAYS OFF to recuperate from Covid (and of course, masking is optional in the classroom). Judges are asking counsel to remove masks in the courtroom. Disabled people who will die if they get sick, and people like me who grasp that Covid is not a “bad cold,” are hiding in our homes because no one gives a shit. I keep meaning to blog about it myself but it’s too discouraging.
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Enid Schmidt said:
It’s like Sledpress said, can’t keep up with the “masks on, masks off”. It depends on where you go. For the last 2 weeks have noticed more people not wearing masks in supermarket. And after MA Governor announced yesterday that school mask mandate might end by the of the month, a lot of places will follow suit. We have somehow managed to stay healthy so we will keep wearing ours. 😷
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