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The Conversation: Mandates for Masking

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It is a confusing time with mixed messages and guidance changing often as we learn more about COVID-19. Policies are all over the map. In Paris a museum requires masks for children 11 and older. Here in Hawaii masks are not recommended for those under 5 years old. It's almost a week since Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s expanded order for mandatory masks went into effect. For the most part there seems to be compliance, but some businesses are seeing pushback from customers.

Today we talk about masks and face coverings. Our guests are:

-Dr. Jill Omori who serves as the Infectious Disease Officer for the City and County of Honolulu. She is the Director of Medical Education at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine and is a family physician.

-Sherry Menor-McNamara is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of  Commerce Hawaii which represents more than 2000 businesses of all sizes.

-Honolulu’s Deputy Police Chief John McCarthy joins us to talk about what the department has been seeing in this first week of expanded mandatory mask rules.

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Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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