Hunter-gatherers used decorative clay masks to define their territories and identify
members of their family. They designed masks to honor ancestors and deceased
relatives. They incorporated them into ritual processions, as well, and within every tribe,
specific cultural codes were developed depending on their particular needs or duties.
In today’s time, we won’t be dancing around any fires or seeing an uptick in kiln sales.
However, in the same way clay masks created boundaries, and cell phones developed
their own set of manners, protective face masks will do the same.
Here are a few of our key codes of conduct that we like to keep in mind while we’re out
- ● Don’t forget about hand washing and social distancing. Wearing a mask is a
part of this crucial trifecta. Covering your face is only the first step in protecting
yourself and others.
- ● Ask whomever you’re with about their comfort and safety. Personalize how
you interact with others and set rules. If you’re going to occupy a small space
together, decide on a protocol: when should you wear your masks? How much
distance should you keep between each other whether you wear them or not?
This can be as casual as a ten second conversation, or a much longer, more
- ● Before you hug somebody or stick out your hand, ask what they feel most
comfortable doing. A handshake, which was initially meant to signal that you
weren’t carrying a weapon, was obsolete way before the pandemic. Head nods are
a great alternative! They demonstrate consideration and respect without any
- ● If you sneeze or cough while wearing a mask, still use your elbow! Sneezes
come with force. Masks don’t replace sanitary practices, they enhance them. Doing
this also signals that you wear a mask to practice cleanliness at all times, not just
because you need one to get into the market.
- ● If you have an impressively large beard, you should consider trimming it.
If your beard is too long, it could prevent the mask from effectively sealing your
- ● Keep your mask on while jogging in a busy area. We know it gets sweaty and
hot, but it’s better than not wearing one at all — or worse: constantly removing it and
strapping it back on every time you pass someone. This increases your chances of
contaminating your own mask.
- ● Don’t complain about your mask. We’re all victims of this virus. Let’s enjoy the
minimal interactions we’re having as positively as possible! Unless you have
constructive criticism. In that case, fire away, and preferably here: (LINK FOR
CONTACT PAGE). We’d love to hear your thoughts and grow.
- ● It’s good manners, plain and simple. Manners are about respecting other
people and putting them first, whether they’re loved ones or strangers on the
street. Since masks prevent you from spreading infection, wearing a mask is
another way of saying, “I care.”