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April 14, 2021 2 min read

Convincing people to wear masks hasn’t been easy. And practically enforcing these safety measures has been an altogether different story with all the hurdles in the way.

It didn’t take long for masks to become politicized and split Americans into two factions of Pro-Maskers and Anti-Maskers. And now after enough clashes and violent confrontations between the two groups, the CDC has turned to take a more pragmatic approach.

The CDC just issued a warning to retail and service employees about anti-maskers, and it’s pretty straightforward — “don’t argue with them!”

For just a very brief moment, one might wonder, “is the CDC nowrespectingthe anti-maskers’ anti-masking privileges?” The truth, of course, is far from it. 

This warning follows an increasing number of incidents from across the country where shopkeepers were dealt with violently for simply trying to uphold their in-store mask policies.

Who would’ve thought that the simple 4-word request, “please wear a mask”, would become offensive? And offensive enough to cause slapping, yelling, beating, choking, or even shooting.

Only early this month, a man in Pennsylvania tried to shoot an employee in a cigar shop after being asked to wear a mask. This is just one event. Such clashes and confrontations have been occurring at many establishments throughout our country including Target, Costco, Chili’s, Waffle House, Starbucks, and McDonald’s.

The CDC’s simple advice,"Don't argue with a customer if they make threats or become violent."

The health agency has issued other recommendations for handling violent anti-mask customers. These include installing security systems (like alarms, cameras, panic buttons), and setting up “safe rooms”. 

We hope CDC’s many efforts pay off and things get better for everyone.

As for You — our treasured Space Mask family member — try to steer clear of such clashes yourself. And continue taking all your precautionary measures: wash your hands frequently, practice social distancing, avoid large gatherings, and most importantly, keep wearing your Space Masks!

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