It’s not you, it’s me.
Really. It’s completely MY responsibility to decide to care for others. And that’s what’s at the heart of deciding to wear a mask or not – it’s whether or not I’m going to make that choice to care for someone else.
Let me share with you something that Doug Burgum, North Dakota’s governor, said last weekend: “If someone is wearing a mask, they’re not doing it to represent what political party they’re in or what candidates they support,” Burgum said. “They might be doing it because they’ve got a 5-year-old child who’s been going through cancer treatments. They might have vulnerable adults in their life who currently have COVID, and they’re fighting.”
What he so eloquently pointed out was that the crux of the whole “will I wear a mask or not” issue is that it’s not centered on you – it’s centered on your choice to help protect the person who has to work a 12-hour shift at the grocery store, or the family member whose elderly relative lives with them.
Our choices have consequences. It’s what we teach kids and families each and every day. The people who help you at the grocery store, or others in the community don’t have a choice about the decisions YOU make, so the least we can do is wear a mask to help keep them safe.
June, July, and August are typically peak travel months. If you must travel, take these steps to protect yourself & others from COVID-19 during your trip:
- Wash your hands often
- Avoid close contact with others
- Wear a cloth face covering in public
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Pick up food at drive-throughs or at the curb. Do not dine-in.