I'm a 67-year-old person who doesn't relish the idea that I'm officially tallied in the elderly category.

However, during this pandemic, I've realized I have to keep myself safe and in so doing, I can help keep my family members, friends and people in my community safe.

I made a to-go order at a local restaurant on the West End last week. I walked in wearing my mask. I was absolutely the only one there in a mask. The place was packed. There was no room for social distancing.

I had to stand in a narrow “pathway” with another person while waiting for my order. The person behind the cash register was basically right in my face and I noticed none of the wait staff had on masks.

We, as a community, feel like we're hanging on by our fingertips and trying to help local businesses by purchasing from them. Believe me, I will no longer patronize this restaurant.

It's a matter of respect to others to wear a mask. The city should require businesses to show this respect.

Diane Scott

Galveston

Editor's note: Galveston Mayor Jim Yarbrough issued such an order Monday. 

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Robert Braeking

Whatever blows your hair back, dear. If YOU are concerned perhaps YOU should be the one wearing the mask. By the way, why in the wide world of sports are you buying fast food? A fast food establishment is the very last place anyone in the vulnerable category should be.

I will be filing for my Medicare® next week so I am also considered to be in the vulnerable group. You won't be seeing me inside a fast food joint.

Kim Baldwin

Read her actual words...

She WAS wearing a mask! She wasn't buying fast food. She ordered from a local restaurant that she had to enter to pick up her order.

Gary Miller

Kim> That restaurant may have been checking temps and wasn't letting infected, elivated fever, enter. No one infected, no danger.

Bailey Jones

Diane, for many in this county, your health isn't worth the effort of wearing a mask. Nor is the health of the 1000s of Galvestonians who work in our service industries, dealing face to face with the public everyday. Thankfully the mayor has stepped up again. His order gives business owners not only the authority but the obligation to require their customers and employees to do the right thing - and in doing so, keep our economy moving. Those who equate compassion with oppression are still free to do business on the mainland, and I hope they do.

PD Hyatt

So confused.... Why is it that the ones who are crying and bellyaching about everyone needing to wear a mask don't just hush, put on their mask, gloves what ever they think will keep them safe and leave the rest of us alone.... I to am past 65 and am really considered part of the group that needs to be careful because I have no immune system left because of the drugs I take to keep me alive after my transplant. But with that being said, I do not fear, because the Lord our God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of sound mind, power and love. Wear a mask if you are afraid, but leave the rest of us alone!

Bailey Jones

Let me clear up that confusion for you. Masks work by limiting the spread of germs from the person wearing the mask. That's why the surgeons who did your transplant wore masks - not to avoid your cooties but to keep you from getting infected with theirs. Masks are most effective when everyone wears one - the more people who wear masks, the less virus in the air. But you are right - it's not something you should be doing out of a spirit of fear for yourself, but out of a spirit of love for your neighbor.

Kim Baldwin

Amen and Thank you!

Gary Miller

Wearing a Mask helps no one if you are not sick. Check your temp. If normal 98.6 or less, you are not infected or infectious and don't need to wear a mask.

jimmy winston

This is horrible advice.

Joe Mancuso

Gary, if you are asymptomatic, you may not have a fever. So, while checking temperatures is a good step, it does not guarantee a person is not infected.

Bailey Jones

Let me just correct Gary in case someone out there doesn't know any better than to take his advice.

"The time from exposure to symptom onset (known as the incubation period) is thought to be three to 14 days, though symptoms typically appear within four or five days after exposure. We know that a person with COVID-19 may be contagious 48 to 72 hours before starting to experience symptoms. Emerging research suggests that people may actually be most likely to spread the virus to others during the 48 hours before they start to experience symptoms."

https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/if-youve-been-exposed-to-the-coronavirus

"There are reports of asymptomatic infections (detection of virus with no development of symptoms) and pre-symptomatic infections (detection of virus prior to development of symptoms) with SARS-CoV-2, but their role in transmission is not yet known." - CDC

"There is evidence that the novel coronavirus can be spread before an individual develops symptoms. " - National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

"The incubation period for COVID-19, which is the time between exposure to the virus (becoming infected) and symptom onset, is on average 5-6 days, however can be up to 14 days. During this period, also known as the “presymptomatic” period, some infected persons can be contagious. Therefore, transmission from a pre-symptomatic case can occur before symptom onset. " - WHO

jimmy winston

https://today.tamu.edu/2020/06/12/texas-am-study-face-masks-critical-in-preventing-spread-of-covid-19/

Robert Braeking

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Ted Gillis

Obviously Paul you didn’t stand in line long enough when god was handing out brains.

I suppose your surgeon wore a mask while he was performing surgery on you, or do you not think those precautions were necessary because god gave you no fear. What a crock of Hooey!

I’ll ask the same of you my clueless friend, stay home and leave us alone!

Carlos Ponce

Ted's not nice.

Ted Gillis

Well Carlos I apologize to all who are offended, but “good grief”. Paul is claiming to place his health in the hands of god. He fails to realize that god gave us this human body which gives us the ability act on fear, and to use our brain for cognitive decision purposes. Ignoring these human traits shows that Paul does not appreciate this gift that god has given us.

Wake up. We only get one chance at this.

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