Masks After The Mandate Has Been Lifted

RichardCranium

Sparrow
Agnostic
Still a bunch of people wearing masks here in South Florida. I was at a couple of malls and grocery stores over the weekend and I'd say at least 60% still masked up. All ages too just just older people.
 

Ah_Tibor

Kingfisher
Woman
Orthodox
Around here there are "please wear a mask regardless of vaccination status" or "masks recommended" signs.

The first one is really pissing people off because they regret getting the stabbo. My husband and I were talking to some old people at our people and they said "I'm not bothering with that junk anymore, it's a waste of time."

My in-laws popped in the other day and they brought up The Variant but they feel safe now, because "well the vaccine doesn't prevent you from getting sick, but it prevents hospitalization and death; it's like getting a common cold now." I almost laughed and said "you mean it's like a coronavirus?" but I kept my mouth shut. BOZHE MOJ haha wtf, AND I'M THE "CONSPIRACY THEORIST"

Oh well. Altogether I've been happy lately, I'm enjoying things as much as possible.
 

stugatz

Pelican
Catholic
Mandate hasn't outright begun again in my area, but a good many places I walked into today required them.

If the point of this starting up is to demoralize and upset, it's working. I was dumb enough to think this was over, and these three months just flew by.
 

TexasJenn

Woodpecker
Woman
Orthodox Inquirer
In my area, it's back to most people wearing masks now, but I won't unless it's required and enforced. So far nowhere I've been is requiring it. I get looks but I don't care. It's mostly looks of curiosity now - like wow, a smiling face.

I'm not worried about vaccine passports for grocery stores. I seriously doubt my favorite grocery store would require them. And if they do, they offer delivery for $5 plus tip. I'm sure delivery services would spread if necessary.

I'm trying to get away from all this negative thinking. There's a lot of good to focus on and amplify and the mind is powerful. The good things that people are doing. The getting closer to God that many are doing, the discussions, the courage in the face of evil.

Anyone can find the dirt. Be the one who finds the gold.
 

Starlight

Kingfisher
Woman
Protestant
Very, very, few people have been wearing masks in my area. The shops all have signs like “masks will be worn by the unvaccinated as required by [my state]” taped by their doors but no one is checking for anything and haven’t been for a while. Doctor’s office’s are a “comfort zone” policy.

Of those still wearing the mask in my area, I am curious if they are ones who actually haven’t taken the jab and are following the rules. Every time I see someone wearing a mask in the grocery, I wonder if they either didn’t get the jab or are terrified of the “new variant.”
 

Ah_Tibor

Kingfisher
Woman
Orthodox
Went to the main county library before, it's in a semi-ghetto neighborhood so they have all these security stops before you go in, and while I'm trying to push my stroller through the gate I get a guy running after me, "MA'AM! MA'AM DO YOU HAVE A MASK."

A week ago it was "masks recommended," now it's "masks required for ANYONE over two to protect the unvaccinated."

Everyone has to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status to protect the unvaccinated who also have to wear masks because ??? Get your stab that lessens your symptoms if you get sick from the unvaccinated who you are "protecting"

How do these people get up every day?

I went for a book about the Bernays/CIA/United Fruit Company coup. I was reading how the US had a huge germ warfare department in the 50s but faked germ warfare, too (easier to control the results, also more fun: Operation Red Frog), the library system didn't have what I was looking for (same author) but had that one, which I've read about in passing.

AHHHHHHHHHHHH hahaha, I'm so happy my husband wants to homeschool, that's all I can say.
 
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dragonfire00

Robin
Woman
Protestant
Our local public school district just made masks mandatory for kids again but besides that I don't see many people doing it. Doesn't matter to me because my husband and I finally agreed on me homeschooling our kids :) I guess it still does matter because I feel bad for the innocents in all of this. I've been away from the forum traveling around the states this summer and taking a break from social media and it's been awesome all the people and areas that have proceeded as normal. There was some unhinged lady in Commiefornia in a hotel we were at berating people who didn't wear masks and I got looks but even there after they mandated it again there were people without.
 

Starlight

Kingfisher
Woman
Protestant
Mask mandate is back in full swing here. Interestingly, people on the ground aren’t enforcing it. There are probably 90% of people wearing masks again in stores and there are signs up everywhere that “masks are required regardless of vaccination status” but store employees and businesses don’t seem to be enforcing it for customers. I went into a couple different big box chain stores and smaller businesses without a mask and no one said a word to me about it.

The more people don’t comply, the more other people won’t comply.
Edited to add: I noticed a few people remove their masks after they saw me not wearing one.
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IconWriter

Robin
Woman
Orthodox
Mask mandate is back in full swing here. Interestingly, people on the ground aren’t enforcing it. There are probably 90% of people wearing masks again in stores and there are signs up everywhere that “masks are required regardless of vaccination status” but store employees and businesses don’t seem to be enforcing it for customers. I went into a couple different big box chain stores and smaller businesses without a mask and no one said a word to me about it.

The more people don’t comply, the more other people won’t comply.
Edited to add: I noticed a few people remove their masks after they saw me not wearing one.
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Same here, and if they tell me to wear one I will leave and take my business elsewhere.
 

Ah_Tibor

Kingfisher
Woman
Orthodox
Same here, and if they tell me to wear one I will leave and take my business elsewhere.

I got reprimanded at the branch library again. They also do porch pick-up, which is ok but I usually like to let my son wander around inside for a bit.

Large Chain Bookstore does a twice-weekly story hour, while the library does "virtual" story hour. I went to it and everyone was covered but nobody said anything. Boys are looking a lot girlier nowadays in general; I think that probably started in the Victorian era but it's still strange to see.
 

IconWriter

Robin
Woman
Orthodox
I got reprimanded at the branch library again. They also do porch pick-up, which is ok but I usually like to let my son wander around inside for a bit.

Large Chain Bookstore does a twice-weekly story hour, while the library does "virtual" story hour. I went to it and everyone was covered but nobody said anything. Boys are looking a lot girlier nowadays in general; I think that probably started in the Victorian era but it's still strange to see.
Sad. The public libraries have an agenda, especially at story time, if you remember recent news. I used to love the library. Good for you. If enough don't comply then what will they do?
 

Atlas Shrugged

Robin
Woman
Protestant
While on my way back home for a week I stayed at a casino in Indiana. Signs everywhere saying masks strongly recommended whether vaxxed or not and about 80% were not wearing masks. They also allowed smoking and drinking at the slots and table games. I was surprised cause I see Indiana as more blue than red so I thought they would be strict. Not at all. It was back to normal times. But I’m sure that can change in a week.
 

Ah_Tibor

Kingfisher
Woman
Orthodox
While on my way back home for a week I stayed at a casino in Indiana. Signs everywhere saying masks strongly recommended whether vaxxed or not and about 80% were not wearing masks. They also allowed smoking and drinking at the slots and table games. I was surprised cause I see Indiana as more blue than red so I thought they would be strict. Not at all. It was back to normal times. But I’m sure that can change in a week.

Hope is in the proles (maybe)
 

Ah_Tibor

Kingfisher
Woman
Orthodox
Sad. The public libraries have an agenda, especially at story time, if you remember recent news. I used to love the library. Good for you. If enough don't comply then what will they do?

They get federal money so it doesn't matter really. If they become some kind of closed circuit holder of information I don't think most would care. Most people get their information from the first page of google.

Libraries still act as some kind of community center, though.
 

Ah_Tibor

Kingfisher
Woman
Orthodox
The other night at work a manager came shaking a box of masks and said, "Sorry, grill line, but it's mandatory for the next two weeks."

I've been chin diapering it; every time I take it off another one appears with a smile.

Two weeks is the time it takes to form any new habit. I vaguely recall hearing "two weeks" before.
 

IconWriter

Robin
Woman
Orthodox
More about the above webinar link:

Among the topics covered in this 90 minute presentation featuring live Q&A:​

  • Are the COVID vaccines necessary, safe, and effective?
  • All the COVID vaccines in the US have links to aborted fetal cells, are they moral for Orthodox Christians to take?
  • What is the current legal status of mandates, and how can we navigate them going forward?
  • Will boosters work, and does repeated injection raise the chances of side effects?
  • If you have taken a vaccine, can you get a religious exemption for the upcoming boosters?
  • What are ethical, effective treatments for COVID-19?
  • Can you detoxify your body if you have taken a COVID-19 vaccine?
  • Do Christians have a moral obligation to take the vaccines, wear masks, and take other steps to protect others?
  • Pastorally, how can Orthodox Christians confront the fear of death, hysteria, depression, anxiety, drug addiction, and other surging social problems?
  • Are the vaccines and vaccine passports mentioned in prophecy? If so, how can we make sense of it all?
  • Have mitigations such as lockdowns, masking, social distancing been effective at “stopping the spread” and/or reducing deaths? What have been the impacts of these attempts to battle a virus?
  • How should the Orthodox Church respond to demands from civil authority such as checking vaccine status, mask mandates, and attendance limits?
  • How are limits on the free exercise of religion legal, and what can we do about them in court?
  • Are we seeing a shift back towards sanity among medical professionals, among the clergy, and in the legal / political arena?
 
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