Don’t judge oth­ers in mask de­bate

Lethbridge Herald - - Reader's Forum -

Let me just start off by say­ing “Wear a mask or don’t wear a mask but, ei­ther way, do not judge or ridicule those who choose to do the op­po­site of you.” I per­son­ally choose to wear a mask and was do­ing so be­fore the City of Leth­bridge man­dated mask wear­ing in all in­door fa­cil­i­ties.

To all those anti-maskers out there that feel their rights are be­ing in­fringed upon, I ask you, why do you think your rights su­per­sede those of us who choose to mask? I’ve seen peo­ple shar­ing in­for­ma­tion from both sides of this de­bate.

Those who choose to not wear a mask still ex­pect busi­nesses and peo­ple to pro­vide them ser­vices and say that it is a vi­o­la­tion of their rights to be re­fused. What about the rights of the per­son that is be­ing forced to serve you? They may feel un­safe so it should be within their right to refuse you face-to-face ser­vice? Per­haps that per­son wear­ing a mask is a mem­ber of the vul­ner­a­ble por­tion of the pop­u­la­tion. Per­haps they are afraid of con­tract­ing COVID-19 from peo­ple that choose not to wear a mask.

None of us know the lon­greach­ing ef­fects of this novel virus and we likely won’t for a long time. As the pan­demic con­tin­ues we are all get­ting tired of our chang­ing re­al­i­ties but we need to pro­tect our vul­ner­a­ble and stay as safe as pos­si­ble. No one could have pre­dicted it last­ing as long as it has or know how long it will con­tinue. Let’s all re­mem­ber how we faced this pan­demic in the be­gin­ning and we stood united. As time goes on we are be­com­ing di­vided and cruel to oth­ers who have dif­fer­ent mind­set. One of my favourite say­ings and motto I try to live by is “In a world where you can be any­thing, be kind!”

Gail Shaw


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