I paid a visit to Walmart in Charlottesville today.
Walmart has had a mandatory mask policy for quite a while, for both staff and customers, as well as a designated entrance and exit. I saw at least three signs about mask requirements while I was there. My policy, however, is to walk into retail businesses without a mask and see what happens.
Some establishments have employees stationed at the entrance door with a box of masks, watching for unmasked customers. In this case there was a greeter in front of the entrance at Walmart, but she didn’t have any masks. I just strolled on in without looking at her.
The vast majority of customers were masked. However, I saw at least three other unmasked coronadissidents in the course of my perambulations around the store.
Customers and staff seemed unconcerned about masklessness. My sense was that people were just being good citizens and obeying what they know to be the rule, without thinking too much about it. Social distancing wasn’t being observed in any noticeable way. People stopped to chat with each other while standing at a normal conversational distance. Sometimes they had their masks pulled down so they could more easily speak and be understood.
Everything was normal, except for all those hideous masks.
I don’t know the significance of any of this. It’s just what I observed during my expedition to Charlottesville.