I’m back in NYC!
After spending most of the spring in quarantine with my parents out on Long Island, I have returned to the Isle of Manhattan. I thought I’d be excited to be back, but of course, nothing can be bliss during the retched mess that is 2020.
My dad offered to drive me into NYC on his way to work a few days after my birthday so I wouldn’t have to sit in any germs while riding the LIRR. We made a few stops in Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan before heading uptown and boy, was I SHOCKED at how many people were ignoring the rule about face coverings during this pandemic.
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A rage drawing I did last night after going to the store and seeing so many people without masks. And this after watching white people take off their masks again and again at a protest last weekend. We can’t claim to be anti-racist and then walk around without a mask. Covid is a race issue. Wear your damn mask. **Edited to note: Grateful to be called in and learn that slide two should read “Black People, Indigenous People, and People of Color.”**
In Brooklyn, I saw several people wearing their masks under their chins or not at all. I was hoping this was just going to be a rare case of Brooklyn bad-assery, but no. As my trip into Manhattan continued, I saw more and more people wearing masks incorrectly or not at all.
Fast forward to a week after being back in New York City, and I come across a nurse from a nearby hospital wearing their mask under their chin. IF A NURSE CAN’T FOLLOW THE RULES HOW CAN WE EXPECT TO EVER GET RID OF COVID-19?! HOW?!
As cities begin to reopen, streets and indoor spaces are bound to become crowded again, especially in places like NYC. I went out for a walk in Highbridge Park a few days ago to take some photos for the next DSLR Diaries, which should be fine as parks are large outdoor spaces where social distancing is fairly easy. However, I saw a woman holding a large arrangement of balloons and a Spider-Man birthday cake at the park and lost my mind.
I could have sworn gatherings were prohibited in parks during Phase 1 of reopening. Did I misread that memo?
I really hope whoever was supposed to attend that birthday party politely declined, explaining why she was standing alone with the cake and balloons.
In all seriousness, I know the warmer weather is making it super uncomfortable to wear a mask. I totally understand. Wearing a mask in temperatures over 75°F should be considered an Olympic sport.
And by all means, go protest. Go for a walk in the park. Have a virtual birthday party. Take a road trip.
But if we don’t want coronavirus cases to spiral out of control again, we have to follow the rules. Wear your mask, wash your hands, and follow your city’s recommendations for a safe reopening so we can go back to enjoying a normal life again sooner rather than later.
Just please stop wearing your masks under your chins. It’s utterly pointless.