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Posted on: May 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Who Is That Masked Person

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Who is that Masked Person?

That’s Susan Rosenthal, RIOC’s President and CEO. She’s wearing her mask and you should wear yours, too. Susan also misses everyone on Roosevelt Island and can’t wait to be able to come back to the Island as soon as possible.

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Why is wearing a mask so important?

Governor Cuomo put it best when he gave reasons for why you should wear your mask in public. 

"When you wear a mask, you say, I respect you. That’s what the mask says to everyone you walk past. I respect you. I respect you. I respect your health, I respect your privacy, I respect your space, I respect you. I can do anything I want with myself. This is America. But I respect you. And out of respect for you, I wear this mask."

"This mask says I respect the nurses and the doctors who killed themselves through this virus to save other people. And I respect the nurses and the doctors, so I’m not going to infect anyone, or allow anyone else to be infected unnecessarily so I don’t cause more stress on the nurses and the doctors."

"This mask says, I respect the essential workers who get up every day, and drive the bus, or drive the train, or deliver the food, or keep the lights on so that I can stay home and I can stay safe. It says I respect others. And I respect you. And that is a statement that we should all be willing to make any day. But especially in the middle of this."

"Yes, I want individuals to be informed so they make the right decision, but it’s about us at the end of the day, right. It’s a mindset that says it’s not about me, it’s about we. And we have reciprocal responsibilities, and a collective and a mutuality that says, I’m going to respect you, and help you, and you’re going to help me, and respect me. That’s how your battle community spread, with community unity. That’s what the mask says."

To watch Governor Cuomo’s full remarks about the importance of wearing masks in public, please click here:

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