I take two hour-long walks in my South Florida development each day, at sunrise and sunset (it’s hot here) and because of the hour, particularly the early one, I’m often totally alone. At an absolute maximum, I’ll pass two or three other walkers every five minutes, but I can go a half-hour without seeing another soul. One whom I do see is a neighbor who passes me on his bike, mainly in the morning. I wave a hand to say Hi, but he gives me the most disgusted sneering look I can imagine, and shakes his head in obvious disapproval.
I’m pretty sure I know why: I walk without a mask. He usually wears one, and puts one on as he passes me and sneers at me. I’d like to ascertain that this is indeed what’s going, but to do that I would have to shout my question to him as he passes by, and that of course would confirm what I think he’s thinking, that I’m a reckless fool intent on spreading the Covid-19 virus.
I think I’m being safe, and responsible, to time my walks so that I never get within 50 feet of another person. and when I do get within 20 feet of anyone, it’s only for 1 or 2 seconds, but there are those who wear masks to walk alone outdoors with a stiff breeze blowing. Are these people acting punctiliously or is my neighbor right to convey his extreme disapproval? I thought the rule was “masks UNLESS you can socially distance yourself,” not “masks whether you can socially distance or not.”