My company has offices in PA. That state has just announced that certain employers can begin returning to the office providing a set of requirements are met. One of the requirements is that they wear a mask while in the office…no exceptions. Note: most medical professionals agree that non-surgical face coverings are not effective at preventing the wearer from getting the virus…but they ARE effective at preventing you a carrier from spreading droplets to others. So it doesn’t necessarily need to be an N-95 mask, just a covering over the mouth and nose. For cycling, a neck gaiter that can be pulled up probably accomplishes the same thing. For reference: https://www.velonews.com/news/explainer-should-i-wear-a-mask-while-riding/
OK, I know this is a silly hypothetical…but for fun let’s say RAGBRAI decided to take a similar tack. Imagine for a moment an announcement something like: “RAGBRAI can proceed, but in addition to existing requirements (like wearing helmets), riders will be required to adhere to standards including wearing a facemask at all times during the ride and when in pass-through towns. NO EXCEPTIONS, and this will be strictly enforced.”
I’m not inviting a debate as to whether or not this is practical, possible, feasible, or enforcible. I’m posing this as a purely hypothetical question to see how other RAGBRAI riders feel.
So, the question is…would you still do RAGBRAI if you had to wear a mask? Would be tough on a really hot day, but a side benefit would be far fewer nose sunburns and badly chapped lips. I have been thinking about this, and for me…I WOULD.