So Nevada just finished our first 15 days of gradual, measured reopening; we’re waiting for the latest case/death numbers to determine whether we will pull back, continue as is, or expand.
My wife and I have always been “people watchers”, and we observed a rather interesting phenomenon here in Reno with regards to mask wearing. I hope this doesn’t become too political (and subsequently locked/deleted), but thought some still might find it of interest. So here goes…
First off, employees are mandated to wear masks. Customers have been strongly encouraged to wear masks when they enter businesses. Some businesses will not permit non mask-wearing customers to enter (my dermatologist, for one), others will.
So over the past two weeks, my wife and I been to a half-dozen-or-so places across a wide range of services. And what we’ve noticed is that women wear masks; men don’t.
We took our vehicles to an automotive joint to have SMOG checks. The employees (all male) working in the back were not wearing masks. Since they have no customer contact, perhaps they’re exempt (guessing, here). But the guys who came out to do our paperwork weren’t wearing them either. Other than my wife and I, there were six other male customers in the waiting area; none wearing masks.
My wife has been to both a hair salon and a nail salon. Although I didn’t enter (guests are not permitted inside), my wife noticed the employees (all female) and clients (all female) were wearing masks.
We’ve also been to businesses where there is a mix of customer genders (Wal-Mart, Trader Joe’s, etc.). My numbers aren’t exact, but I’d say about 4/5 women were mask-wearers, while it was maybe 1/5 for men.
Anyone else seen this phenomenon? Anyone find such a disparity between the genders surprising?