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  • Concerned

    I think it’s important to know that masks do not mean its safe to be in close proximity to others. They offer some protection but certainly are not full proof. Wet masks are not as effective and it’s recommended to change them once they are wet which can promote the growth of microorganisms.
    The masks with the exhalation valve, which I’ve seen many people wear, are defeating the purpose of protecting others by releasing unfiltered air into the environment.
    As an NPR states:
    Regardless of whether you choose a cloth or surgical mask be aware that this doesn’t mean you can suddenly be in prolonged close contact with others. These masks might buy you a few extra minutes of protection but “not hours. Not lengthy periods of time.”
    The best way to protect yourself is by social distancing.

    https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/07/01/880621610/a-users-guide-to-masks-what-s-best-at-protecting-others-and-yourself

    And I agree I’m not sure how schools are going to be able to manage to be in session safely.

  • mk

    Wondering if anyone else is being verbally harassed by the regular homeless men on Montague Street. I was degraded last night for not giving money. Unfortunately I’m unemployed, cannot give but volunteer 3x weekly making food for the homebound. That being said I just am curious if the disdain was for me personally or if others get the same nastiness. I’m happy yo see all the food pantry efforts in the area, so many in need but offensive comments aren’t necessary.

  • AEB

    No, you were not singled out because you’re you–how could he know who you are? Abuse is his reflexive MO. Unpleasant, to be sure, but nothing to take personally. Just avoid him.

  • Monty

    Just want to give a shoutout to Aubrey and the new Vineapple. The food menu is vastly upgraded and they finished the backyard. It’s really quaint, food was delicious and they are serving safely.

  • AnonyMom

    FABULOUS! Thank you! For enclosed play spaces where one cannot distance the Park could hand out plastic face shields-this solves the problem of a wet mask-do timed entry, have a presence that stays at the water lab all day. Even if they have to do 2 hr shifts at a time. According to Levin’s office the Park is SUPPOSED to be monitoring mask wearing.

  • Mary Kim

    Plastic face shields for small children running around a slippery sprinkler park does not sound very safe. Imho.

  • Guest

    They have limited staff as it is and who is going to pay for the shields? Not to mention pick up all the discarded shields that would litter the park. They would sooner close it.

  • AnonyMom

    Absolutely, 100% agree. The Park could also institute timed entry for the water lab. But I have zero faith they will be able to do that considering how little effort they have put in thus far.

  • AnonyMom

    There is no ideal answer. Generally speaking, when one raises the alarm to elected officials it is helpful to offer them some kind of solution in addition to complaining. I was just throwing spaghetti at the wall. What’s an alternative to a wet mask? A face shield. But they could do timed entry and limit the number of people. It is clear the Park can and should do more. Whether or not they are able to remains to be seen. If they can’t the lab should close unfortunately. I’m not optimistic.

  • Reggie

    Hardly a surprise. Their sidewalk cafe was often in violation and the Bastille Day event got killed due to their breaking the rules over and over. Bar Tabac in general believes that rules shouldn’t get in the way of a good time.

  • Andrew Porter

    A very old joke, from when I was a kid.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7nPOzGeyaw Arch Stanton

    Yeah I know its ancient, but the version I heard was slightly different and very racist.

  • Mike Suko

    Remember – this is the same conundrum as affects Wal-Mart and virtually every other retail store – more and more understaffed as they look to cut expenses fighting online sellers.

    All have minimum wage workers “on the floor” – lacking motivation, training & [speaking candidly] even avg. intelligence & judgment. The people commenting here and advocating “safe practices” are trying to push a string!!

    Moreover, an increasing portion of even NY’s population is getting both testy and tired of observance [improved metrics have that unfortunate effect], so the front-line workers (whether or not they have been encouraged to ask for compliance) are rightly reluctant to get in anybody’s face.

    BBP’s security staff has always struck me as VERY WEAK [as opposed to the gardening staffers, who seem excellent] – most are on their phones several hours a day, and they do as little as possible, staying rooted to a spot until their break times motivate them to move.

    I only go on to this extent because it appears that we have a new participant (Howard K.) who might be able to move the needle. Meanwhile, remember the AA credo about knowing the difference between what can realistically be changed and that which is mostly immutable!

  • Cranberry Beret

    I walked by Montague on Saturday evening around 10pm. At least as far as the block from Hicks to Pierrepont Place is concerned, it was completely open to car traffic, at a time when it was supposed to be closed. As usual with this mayor and his DOT when it comes to the streets — what a sad joke.

  • Reggie

    I don’t think Teresa’s closed for financial reasons. If I recall correctly, Teresa owned at least two and maybe more restaurants and has been downsizing her way to retirement for some time now. The Montague Street establishment was the last to close.