California diners to wear masks ‘in between bites’?

The office of California Gov. Gavin Newsom has told residents in the Golden State that if they go out to eat, they should be wearing a mask “in between bites” to protect themselves from COVID-19.

“Going out to eat with members of your household this weekend?” an Oct. 3 tweet from the governor’s office says. “Don’t forget to keep your mask on in between bites.”

For emphasis, the tweet shows an image of someone at a dining seat wearing a mask, then not wearing a mask while taking a bite, and then putting the mask on again.

However, the image then advises people to “minimize the number of times you take your mask off.”

First the obvious replies:

  • “The text contradicts the message in the graphic. Minimizing the # of times one touches their mask would mean NOT taking it on and off between bites, which would require lots of touching, and getting food on it. Gross.”
  • “I’m very confused by this tweet. The image suggests you should only take your mask off once when you begin a meal but the text suggests you should put it back on between bites.”
  • “all it means is don’t think for yourself, be afraid, support Newsom’s emergency powers he’s abusing to continue his mass devastation of lives and livelihoods.”
  • “I thought this was a parody account…you can’t be serious. Do you realize how many more times the mask would be touched with unclean hands?”
  • “This is so crazy. Are they really just seeing how far this can be pushed?”
  • “Oh Glorious Leader @GavinNewsom, your text is contradictory to your graph. I can’t decide if you’re an evil genius trying to keep people in the dark and drive more businesses into the ground. Or if you’re really that stupid, though I’m leaning more towards this than the genius….”
  • “I literally tried this last night at home for a laugh. It was absolutely ridiculous taking it on and off for bites. Omg we laughed so hard. I know newsom isn’t doing this 😭“
  • “He sure makes it tempting to leave this state!”
  • “…and then wash your hands when you put the mask back on again, then remove the mask for each bite, then wash your hands again, but remember to pull down the mask so the wait-person can be reassured by your smile or frown regarding the quality of service, and then wash your hands again, but if your smile exposed your teeth then wash your hands and brush your teeth, replace the mask and wash your hands again…”
  • “And be sure to wear it in your electric cars. lol.”
  • “In between bites? Every time? Bite me.”
  • “yep that sounds like what the governor would say….”

California has allowed limited indoor dining to resume in a number of counties. San Francisco allowed indoor dining last week at 25% capacity.

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