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Masks – a matter of life and death

Let’s talk about masks for a while today.

No, not Halloween masks, not goalie masks.

The sort of masks we now have to wear virtually anytime we are in a public place in B.C.

People have differing opinions on the masks. Some see them as a violation of their freedom.

The best response I saw to that was a letter from a restaurant which said things like, “we know you think your chicken has to be cooked to 165C, but one of our cooks saw something on YouTube which said 100C was OK, and we can’t prevent her from following what she thinks is right.”

It went on through almost every step of the process of preparing the food and bringing it to the table, pointing out how every one of the anti-masker’s opinions would be something they definitely wouldn’t want happening to their food.

I also saw a story from the Penticton Western News about a group there who were planning to hold a protest every weekend until the restrictions were lifted. The first comment on the story was a simple one: “So for the next two weekends?”

You may not like the rules that came down last Thursday, but realize one thing: Your likes don’t enter into the equation. This is a matter of life and death.

If the only people you could possibly infect by not wearing a mask were your own family members, I wouldn’t have a problem with you not wearing a mask.

But you can infect a lot of other people, and you definitely do not have that right.

However, I also have to point out a couple of things to people who are wearing masks, either because they always have or since the new restrictions came down last week.

First, wearing the mask doesn’t mean you can now treat any outing like a mosh pit. The masks work a lot better when you maintain the six feet of distance.

Second, the mask doesn’t make you invulnerable. I mention this after a trip to Spruceland Shopping Centre on Monday where three different people stepped off the sidewalk in front of the stores directly into the path of traffic.

All three were wearing masks, and I just want to say, the mask will protect you from the COVID-19 virus.

It won’t protect you from 3,000 pounds of automobile.

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