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From the editor’s desk: mask manners

J. René Roy is freelance book editor, trained photographer and diehard Montreal Canadiens hockey fan. You can reach him via e-mail at or follow him on twitter where he posts as @hfxhabby.

By now we have all gotten used to living with COVID-19, which is both a good and a bad thing. We are used to living in the Atlantic Bubble, and we are all aware of how important proper hygiene and masks are in these new times.

But maybe we have become a little TOO used to it all.

I am constantly on the go around the Southwest Coast, and I couldn’t begin to count the number of times that I have been forced to back up, or turn around, or even leave a location due to improper social distancing.

A great many people don’t seem to understand that just because you have a mask on doesn’t mean you can walk too close to someone. Just because I have a mask on doesn’t mean you can brush by me in a doorway or an aisle.

The six foot rule hasn’t been abandoned, but it has been forgotten or ignored.

It’s not uncommon to see someone exiting our post office down the ramp way, which is clearly marked as an entrance only. I’ve even been yelled and cursed at for pointing this out to one customer, in front of my young son no less.

I regularly see workers without masks on at their locations. Granted, most are behind a shield of some sort, but not all have that barrier.

If we want to get back to normal, it’s more important than ever to not act as though we are already there.

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