Are you wearing a mask? Debate continues as counties look to reopen

As restrictions loosen and society reopens, social distancing and face masks will be more important than ever, experts say.

Posted: May 11, 2020 6:51 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- As restrictions loosen and society reopens, social distancing and face masks will be more important than ever, experts say.

"At the point we're at, it seems like people are getting comfortable and accepting where we're at and choosing not to wear a mask," said Eugene shopper Richard Sanchez. 

"I have spent a lot of time in Portland and it's a little different up there where it seems everyone is wearing masks, especially in the stores. Here it's a little different. I would say about 50 percent of people are wearing masks," said Sarah Grall, another shopper.

KEZI staff went to a handful of different grocery stores today and what they witnessed echoed what shoppers said: about 50 percent of people wore masks and for one reason or another the other half did not.

Of Whole Foods, Market of Choice, Albertsons, and Walmart, the only store where everyone wore a mask was Whole Foods, which requires employees and shoppers to wear them.

"One of the best ways you can prepare is to just have a mask on hand and throw it on when you find it's hard to keep that social distance," said Jason Davis with Lane County Public Health.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing a mask or face covering any time you cannot easily maintain six feet of physical distance.

By you wearing a mask, you protect someone else. When they wear a mask, they're helping to protect you, experts say.

"I think generally people are trying to take those precautions," added Grall.

Those who weren't wearing masks and are choosing not to told KEZI 9 News it's their right.

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