I live in a state with a statewide mask mandate. All employees in a business must wear a masks/face shield. Anyone out and about in public must wear a mask unless they have a medical excuse or are under the age of 2.
My coach as repeatedly reminded clients that masks are required in the barn. There is a a mother and daughter who seem to never being wearing them. What’s most concerning about this is that the mother works in healthcare and is administering COVID tests as part of her job. This behavior continued even after a more recent reminder from our coach about masks. They will be in the barn, surrounded by everyone else in masks, and never put one on.
The other issue is the barn staff. None of them are ever wearing masks. Their direct supervisor is the BO. However, the BO is extremely hands-off and has been out of state since COVID issues began. I am not sure if she has set foot in the barn once since the state issues the mask orders. It’s possible she may not know that her employees are not following the orders. Our coach is not their boss and told me she is not sure what direction the BO has given them.
I’m not sure what I should do, if anything. I work with an at-risk population and am currently working from home (again) as a result of multiple individuals testing positive at my job. Earlier this fall I asked my coach if she could send out a reminder about the mask policy and she did. However, this particular woman and her daughter continue to ignore it and my coach has no real control over the barn staff. Should I speak to my coach directly about the mother and daughter? I have never met the BO and am not sure if how it would be perceived if I randomly reached out to her concerning her staff, whom I am otherwise on good terms with. A couple months ago I was more willing to let this go because the barn is located in an area that was seemingly less effected by COVID, but as the numbers across the country continue to skyrocket these past weeks, and with the projected toll of irresponsible gatherings over the holidays, I am losing my patience.
Update: I spoke to my trainer recently. She was agreeable to reminding other clients about the mask policy. However, she said she has tried talking to the BO about things and she doesn’t seem to care. I’m not sure how to proceed from here, or if I even should. The only other option would be to report the barn to the state. While I would hate to see the barn closed I would also hate to, you know, catch COVID and/or pass to the individuals I work with. I think it’s going to be difficult to keep clients following the mask mandate when they see the staff never doing so. Clearly some adults lack the integrity to do the right thing.