I wrote this to a particular local store. I’m not going to name-and-shame them, so this is an open letter to many retailers:
I was in your store this morning.
Several of your staff were wearing their masks either around their necks, or not covering their noses.
This is another way to say, “Not really wearing masks.”
Or, “Not protecting your customers or each other from disease.”
I am deliberately not naming or describing them, because this is not a failure of the hourly employee. It is inevitably and inarguably the responsibility of the management to ensure that the staff follows proper health and safety practices.
If you need assistance, Suffolk County and the State of New York have many resources available to you.
I will note that at least one staffer was apparently walking in to start a shift. You may want to remind them to wear a mask whenever they are in the store, not just when they are on the clock. The same rules that apply to your customers apply to your staff. Masks protect us all, but only if we all wear them.
Let me emphasize that I’m not angry at your staff, or you. I am trying to help protect them, and you, from a potentially deadly disease.