Many organizations and businesses are planning to stay open during this time of pandemic, using category-specific CDC guidelines. However, those guidelines rely as a baseline on everyone’s “good behavior.” Specifically, general CDC guidelines recommend and assume everyone in the community is wearing cloth face coverings over their nose and mouth when around people from other households.

If people who come into your establishment are not wearing face coverings in the rest of their daily lives, they are undermining the estimated risk on which the guidelines are based. Even in businesses where masks are required of everyone, the level of risk assumed goes much higher if the employees or customers fail to heed these public health directives at other times.

Samantha Pearson is a Lewisburg resident.

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