How To Ask Someone To Wear A Mask (Politely)


I know most people are great about wearing a mask, especially if it's not for themselves but someone they love. Occasionally though, you'll run into someone who doesn't think masks are important.

Experts say you should make the request discreetly because shaming the person could put them on the defensive. If they feel violated by the way you approach them, they are much less likely to make a change. Citing local rules or recommendations from health officials could also help in some cases.

Rather than risk a confrontation, experts say it might be best to steer clear of people without masks in public if you can.

And if you’re in a store or restaurant, it’s best to have a manager or someone in charge ask the person.

If you do find yourself interacting with someone who is not wearing a mask, Diane Gottsman, an etiquette expert, suggests saying something like, “For your safety and mine, I would feel much more comfortable if we were both wearing masks.”

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