Question: I’m hoping you can settle a disagreement a friend and I are having about proper etiquette when walking or running with our dogs: Should we be wearing face masks?
Answer: Short answer? Yes. Do the right thing and wear a face mask when out in public. This is not a political position, it’s a public-safety issue, much like wearing seat belts and not smoking indoors in public places.
Sure, in the age of Covid-19, there are many gray areas when it comes to interpreting current health ordinances. Much depends on where we live—on our state, county and local rules. There is, however, a growing body of accepted, science-based evidence about the virus’s transmission and how that intersects with reasonable health precautions and common courtesy. So yes, we believe it’s better to err on the side of caution (and precaution), and recommend that people always wear a mask when out in public—with or without their dogs.