I’m a fully-vaxxed low-risk (young, no co-morbidities) inhabitant of Los Angeles and I recently decided to start gong back to group fitness classes, specifically, spinning (in-door exercise bike classes).
The owner of the studio closest to my house is dutifully enforcing LA’s indoor mask mandate at all times…however she is handing out face shields (see link if you don’t know what I mean) at the front desk and encouraging their use in lieu of actual masks. The instructors are taking off their masks when class starts and replacing them with face shields as well.
While I appreciate that it’s rather unpleasant to do intense cardio with any sort of proper mask and that a face shield is must nicer, this seems unsafe to me as the shields are not intended to prevent the wearer from getting other people sick.
Just how unsafe is this practice? And in addition to conflicting with common sense, does it likely also violate the city’s mask mandate?