In France, outdoor mask requirements are seen by some as good for business

Sep 18, 2020
One community that adopted the requirements early says the change has been good for business.
A woman wearing a protective face mask walks on a street in the French city of Bordeaux, which has imposed stricter mask-wearing measures.
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Will it work to fine people who refuse to wear a mask?

Sep 16, 2020
To encourage a certain behavior, policymakers can choose carrots or sticks. There's evidence that the sticks are more effective.
Masks are required on a high school campus in Westfield, Indiana, in August.
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No mask? Behavioral scientists on how we make pandemic decisions.

Jul 28, 2020
Public health professionals have been advocating for masks for months, yet pockets of stiff resistance remain.
People wearing face masks stroll in Charleston, South Carolina. Decision-making can be influenced by the decisions of people you identify with.
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Retailers are requiring customers to wear masks. Who should enforce it?

Jul 27, 2020
Some confrontations with customers have turned ugly.
A restaurant employee posts a sign informing guests that face masks are required. In some instances, the rule can spark a confrontation.
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Local governments and companies encourage masks in absence of federal policy

Jul 13, 2020
New York, California and Oregon have put out public service ads to get people to wear masks.
A person walks by graffiti encouraging mask wearing in April in San Francisco.
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How one artist expanded her role during the pandemic and protests

Jul 6, 2020
Multimedia artist Atiya Jones says she makes art about “small, accumulative actions.” But the form of that art has changed during COVID-19.
A self-portrait of multimedia artist Atiya Jones, who started making and selling masks during the pandemic.
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How are mask-wearing policies changing as U.S. COVID-19 cases spike?

Jun 30, 2020
Businesses of all kinds are facing pretty much the same mess of overlapping federal, state and local guidelines.
Most airlines, for example, require masks in-flight, but only a few threaten to ban noncompliant passengers.
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The new workflow for plumbers means turning some jobs down

May 20, 2020
The owner of a plumbing company won't serve clients who are ill, and both plumbers and clients must wear face masks.
Connie DePaepe, owner of American Drain Works & Plumbing. DePaepe's rules have changed since the pandemic hit.
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How to choose a cloth face mask (and avoid the long wait for it)

May 15, 2020
It can be hard to know what you’re getting, whether it will be effective, and whether it will arrive at all.
Look for masks that have multiple layers, made from fabrics that are easy to wash and tightly woven, with a high yarn count.
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What role should employees play in enforcing social distancing rules?

May 15, 2020
Employees may face tense situations with some customers.
Should restaurant and retail employees be in charge of enforcing the law?
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