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While most people in the scientific community recognize that wearing masks can help limit the spread of COVID-19 and there are rules in place requiring people to wear masks in stores and indoor public spaces, there are some people who may not be able to wear masks due to medical conditions. If you are out in public and see someone not wearing a mask, it may make you feel lots of different emotions. You may be confused, scared, worried, or even mad. Having information on what to do if you see someone not wearing a mask can help reduce any anxiety you may have.
Review the questions below for suggestions on what you can do if you see someone without a mask while you’re out in public or shopping in a store.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that you could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. When you wear a mask, you do it to protect other people in case you are infected. Everyone should wear a mask in public and when around people who do not live in your house. Remember, keeping 6 feet between yourself and others is important even when wearing a mask. Wearing mask is not a substitute for social distancing.
The lists below provide quick do’s and don’ts for what to do if you see someone without a mask. It covers situations where you know the individual well, or if the person is a stranger.
If you know and are comfortable with the person:
If you do not know the person well or they are a stranger:
This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.