Food servers in Maine required to wear face shields inverted, like dog cones of shame

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No, this isn’t fake news, though it is nuanced …

Updated coronavirus guidelines issued late last week by the administration of Maine Gov. Janet Mills, a pro-lockdown Democrat, require that some restaurant staff wear their face shields inverted like a dog “cone of shame.”

See potential examples, some of them clearly meant to be funny, below:

There’s a catch, though. The policy only applies to front-of-staff restaurant employees who choose to wear a face shield in lieu of a standard coronavirus face mask.

“Front-of-house staff may wear a face shield in lieu of a face covering only if the shield is designed to be worn inverted, attaching below the face (e.g. as a collar) and open at the top of the shield, with the shield extending above the eyes and laterally to the ears,” the policy states.

“Face shields that are open at the bottom, directing breath downward, are not acceptable replacements for face coverings for front-of-house staff.”

For reasons that remain unclear, the policy provides an exemption for back-of-house kitchen staff, stating that it’s completely “acceptable” for them to wear their shields in a normal manner.

Now, while the policy is clearly nuanced, it’s still exasperated people for one chief reason: Maine has some of the lowest coronavirus infection rates in the country.

According to data from the state government, as of Thursday Maine was up to fewer than 4,000 confirmed cases, only 407 hospitalizations and 129 deaths, placing it well below the horrific numbers out of other states.

And yet the state’s coronavirus lockdown guidelines still have restaurants stuck in Phase 2, raising questions of just how much it’ll take for Democrat governors like Mills, among many others, to back off already.

See some of the backlash to the “insanity” below:

Maine has been under lockdown since late March. A couple of weeks after the state shut down, Fox News host Tucker Carlson called out the governor for shutting down her state’s economy despite the coronavirus barely being prevalent there.

“Based on what officials have repeatedly told us, you would expect that Maine would be devastated by the virus,” he said, adding that the reality was that it wasn’t.

The only devastation in the state, he continued, was the economic one.

“Maine’s economy has long been fragile. It will not recover from this for years — if it ever does recover. So did Janet Mills make a wise decision when she shut down her state? If you think she did please explain what other communicable diseases we should respond to by causing mass unemployment,” he said.

Listen via Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight“:


(Source: Fox News)

At the time, experts reportedly predicted that the state’s “economic fallout” could wind up being the “nation’s worst.”

Wait until the experts hear about the state’s “cones of shame.”

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Vivek Saxena

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