Letter: Make masks mandatory among restaurant staff

Editor:

With mask usage becoming mandatory at more places — Starbucks, Walmart, Real Canadian Superstore, Winners, BC Transit and partially in schools — why are restaurants that serve food to diners inside not also ordered to have servers wear masks?

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Servers in some Kamloops restaurants don’t wear masks as it remains a choice, not a requirement.

These aren’t normal times. These are COVID-19 times.

We used to love dining out three or four times per week before the pandemic. Now, virus numbers in B.C. are on the rise.

There is a small distance between the server’s exhalations and the food you are eating, so isn’t it time that masks be made a requirement for the health and safety of customers who dine out?

If the server is unknowingly a carrier of COVID-19, dining customers are potentially at risk. 

I suggest it is time Health Minister Adrian Dix eliminates this dining-out risk to patrons and require food servers to wear protective masks to conduct business with the public.

It’s time to do the responsible thing and not leave the mask issue a restaurant’s choice.

Les Evens

Kamloops

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