The state government of Maine is in the doghouse with residents after an order requiring restaurant staff to wear face shields upside down, attached to the collar – what netizens have dubbed ‘cones of shame’ more suitable for a pet.
The last « Covid-19 Prevention Checklist » released by Democratic Governor Janet Mills sets out a set of rules one can expect amid the pandemic – such as good hygiene and social distancing. But a directive for restaurants raised eyebrows, requiring waiters to wear collared face shields reminiscent of those affixed to dogs after medical intervention.
“Reception staff may only wear a face shield instead of a face shield if the shield is designed to be worn inverted, securing under the face (eg as a collar) and open at the top of the body. screen, with the shield extending over the eyes and sideways to the ears, « say the guidelines.
Face shields open at the bottom, directing breathing downward, are not acceptable replacements for front desk staff face masks.
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While the rule only applies to those who refuse to wear a typical face mask, netizens have harassed the Mills administration over the outrageous directive, mocking the collared shields as degrading. « Cones of shame. »
« Let me guess, governor [Mills] is a democrat. Dog cones for the people. We call it the cone of shame in our house because my dog hates it. Imagine what people feel wearing this stupid thing ” one user said on Twitter.
these are dog cones of shame pic.twitter.com/FMiT72RgCa
– Craig w. (@ CraigWi71497020) August 20, 2020
Many assumed the news was a joke, perhaps thanks in part to a photographed viral image of a smiling waitress decked out in what appears to be a Coca Cola-themed lampshade. Although the photo is a fake, it has helped draw attention to the very real face mask rule, which has largely escaped the attention of the national media.
True story, but… (LOL) pic.twitter.com/XQb7FG8abk
– Chicago News Bench (CNB) ™ (@ChiNewsBench) August 20, 2020
I thought it was made up until I google. So servers in the state of Maine have to wear cones of shame to stop the spread of covid ??? 😂 What the hell? 💀. pic.twitter.com/yrgszOtI7Y
– Lauren Gruel (@LaurenGruel) August 19, 2020
Buy your cones of shame. https://t.co/xuF9KrdHWk
– hurl (@TheReal_Hurl) August 19, 2020
Other « Cones of shame » have made appearances elsewhere throughout the Covid-19 crisis, with netizens sharing examples of similar measures taken in other locations, including a restaurant in Paris with transparent body shields hanging from the ceiling. Maybe Maine diners should consider their options.
What if we went on a date in Cones of Shame? pic.twitter.com/m3k8B4cUEU
– ian achoo (@awakingcell) August 19, 2020
Cones of shame for people. https://t.co/lKyLEAI4Jt
– Epidemiologists are a secret cult of death 🤦♀️😱🤦 (@WeezieBenobi) August 18, 2020
Maine has recorded a total of 4,253 coronavirus infections and 128 deaths, according to official data, placing it well below other northeastern states that have faced much more virulent outbreaks, such as New York and New York. Jersey. Despite the slower infection rate, the state has been under varying degrees of lockdown since March, following Mills’ initials « Stay healthy at home » order.
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