Face Masks Represent Wide Class Divide in Miami

It has been almost four months since the Joker announced to Miami that COVID is over baby.

Walking around Miami now you can almost believe that the Joker was a prophet. People are out, businesses from movie theaters to strip clubs are open, and nobody is wearing face masks.

Well almost nobody.

If you step into Walgreens or Whole Foods you’ll see only the employees have their mouth or nose covered. Walk into a luxury condominium or hotel and none of the residents have a mask on, but all the concierge and valet drivers are masked up.

Take a look at the car next to you at the red light. If you see the driver in that car has a mask on, take a look at his back seat. Notice none of the passengers do and realize the driver is working for Uber or Lyft.

Professionals who work in offices don’t need to wear a mask, but the cleaning staff still does.

Masks are now optional everywhere in Florida. If you’re in a fancy restaurant or at the spa no customers will have a mask on. But if you’re one of the working class people still reliant on public transportation to get to your job at the restaurant or spa, you’ll be greeted with a sign that says, “No mask, no ride”.

We’re still too close to see how this past year of COVID has fully affected society. But one thing is for certain. We’ve found a way to mark who is on what side of the class divide.

Just take a look at who is wearing their face masks and who is not.

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David Rolland

David Rolland edits the Jitney blog. He is the author of the novels Yo-Yo & The End of the Century.