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COVID Directive Non-Compliance: Why Businesses Have Difficulty Enforcing Customer Rules

As the COVID pandemic continues to see daily new surges in cases, mounting pressure is on state officials and businesses to contain the numbers or risk another shut down.

This week, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak cited the following startling numbers as it pertained to face mask coverings:

49% compliance in 204 businesses inspected.

50% compliance seen at bars, restaurants, bar areas

61% compliance at gyms, salons, tatoo shops, auto sales and maintenance.

Northern Nevada fared better than Southern Nevada with 85% vs 65% compliance respectively.

As a result, the Governor warned businesses that there would be “swift and decisive action” if the mask requirement was not enforced.

On the surface, one would think the “No Mask No Service” rule would be easy to follow. However looking deeper into why there is such a high rate of non-compliance we find the following:

Many businesses do not have enough staff to enforce the law

When reopenings were allowed after weeks of shut down, many employers and businesses owners struggled to attract employees to return to their posts, hence many businesses opened up with less staff.

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Moreover, many businesses were not fortunate enough to be granted funds under the Paycheck Protection Loan program, hence has very little operating funds to staff robustly upon reopening.

Many employees are outnumbered and scared to approach non-masked individuals who may become violent

Some are pregnant, have orthopedic injuries or are smaller than their customers and are too afraid to engage them.

“Refusing service” can trigger one with mental illness to turn violent.  Rejection, accosting, and negative interactions can be perceived as “attacks”, putting an employee who is not trained in tactical movements or negotiation at risk.

In early May, a security guard was shot when he asked a customer at a Michigan Family Dollar store to wear a mask per company policy.

One week later a shooting occurred at a McDonald’s in Oklahoma City because a customer was asked to leave when she wasn’t following social distancing guidelines.  Three employees needed to be taken to the hospital but all recovered.

Also in May a customer threw a bottle of hot sauce at an employee and went on a “rampage” after being asked to wear a mask.

Then in late May, an Aurora, Colorado Waffle House customer allegedly shot a cook when asked to wear a face mask or risk not being served.

Videos have been taken throughout the country of enraged customers being asked to wear a mask, some turning violent.

The average restaurant or store does not have a security detail to protect their employees and other customers if someone doesn’t want to follow the new laws.

Businesses fear risking a public relations nightmare

If a staff member refuses service to a customer for not wearing a “mask”, the incident may be filmed and go viral on social media before the business has a chance to defend itself.

Moreover, some staff get overwhelmed by their jobs and the mask order and make poor judgement calls.

“No Mask No Service”, How To Avoid Being Accused of “Corona Discrimination”

For example, Zahur Abdiaziz, was refused service at Marissa’s Bakery in Minneapolis when she came in wearing a hijab instead of a mask. The employee behind the counter could be heard saying “no mask no service”, appearing to not acknowledge that the hijab was covering her nose and mouth, allowed within state guidelines. The bakery has apologized and the fate of the employee has not been disclosed.

Zahur Abidiaziz

The amount of new guidelines restaurants, bars, gyms follow in regards to customer volume restrictions, masks and social distancing, may be acceptable to many in the community, including officials hoping to lessen spread of the highly contagious SARS-CoV-2. However some restaurants may find them cumbersome, at times dangerous, and difficult to enforce all the while they are operating at losses.

State officials may need to provide guidance and protection for those employees who are not in a safe position to enforce a law, which many customers find unpopular.

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, iHeart Radio and is a Board Certified Family Physician

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Did COVID Flip? More Young People Reporting Severe COVID Symptoms

The SARS-CoV-2 virus has not gone away as hoped and is now ravaging young adult communities.

What once was considered a “65 and older” disease, more and more young adults are reporting symptoms of severe COVID.

These include shortness of breath, fever, chest pain, body aches, cough, headache and fatigue.

Additional symptoms include nasal congestion, sore throat, loss of taste and smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and rash.

As businesses struggle to remain open during the pandemic due to social distancing guidelines, employee call-outs due to illness add to the strain of staffing these businesses, thus heightening risk of closure.

In Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey ordered the closure of bars and nightclubs for 30 days as their state has seen the highest uptick in cases in the 20-44 year old age group.

In Nevada, the Department of Health and Human Services show younger individual age groups to be more affected than those over 60 years old.

In the last 7 days, those in the 20-44 year age group saw the most prominent spikes.

Image from Southern Nevada Health District

Why are younger adults more affected?

  1. Firstly, many older individuals might have been exposed and infected during the first wave such that the proportions have changed now that more younger people are testing.

2. More testing is being required by employers, hence non-retired workers, who may comprise the younger population, are coming forward to get tested.

3. The virus might have mutated. Some believe it weakened, but in a sense it might have strengthened to overcome a younger, more healthy immune system.

4. Younger individuals who engaged in vaping, tobacco or marijuana use might have become a more susceptible population for a new strain of COVID.

5. Younger adults might have been more social during reopenings or taken part in mass gatherings, protests and demonstrations thereby exposing themselves more than the older, stay at home, population.

The moral: This virus is unpredictable, may mutate, and will infect various population groups leaving younger individuals just as vulnerable as older ones. Don’t let your guard down, wash your hands, keep safe distances away from others, keep up good nutrition and sleep, and seek medical care and/or testing if you feel ill.

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, iHeart Radio and is a Board Certified Family Physician

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Gov. Cuomo Cuts COVID Health Benefits for Those New Yorkers Who Voluntarily Travel to High Hit Areas

In an effort to preserve the progress made in fighting the COVID pandemic, Governor Cuomo has signed an executive order to cut COVID health benefits for those residents who leave the state and travel to high hit areas.

States grappling with surges in COVID cases (higher than 10% positive test rate) include:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Georgia
  • Florida
  • Mississippi
  • Nevada
  • South Carolina
  • Utah
  • Texas

Any New York residents travelling back from these states need to self quarantine for 14 days, according to another executive order given this last week. Fines up to $10,000 could be levied according to the order.

According to the the Governor’s website, he states:

New Yorkers have controlled the spread of this unprecedented virus by being smart and disciplined, and our progress to date is illustrated by the current low numbers of new cases and hospitalizations,” Governor Cuomo said. “But as we are seeing in other states who reopened quickly, the pandemic is far from over and we need stay vigilant. We’re prepared to do the aggressive testing and contact tracing required to slow and ultimately control any potential clusters of new cases like the one in Westchester County. If we are going to maintain the progress we’ve seen, we need everyone to take personal responsibility — that’s why I’m issuing an executive order that says any New York employee who voluntarily travels to a high-risk state will not be eligible for the COVID protections we created under paid sick leave.”

Benefits were extended for COVID related illness in March allowing paid sick leave and protection from losing one’s job. Companies with more than 100 employees are to grant 14 days sick leave and those with 11-99 employees and some (netting over $1 Million) with less than 10 employees are given 5 days sick leave.

This is a developing story…

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American Academy of Pediatrics Advocates for Kids Returning to School

The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) released a statement urging kids to be allowed this Fall to be “physically present” in school.

On their website they state that schools are fundamental to child and adolescent development and well-being and provide our children and adolescents with academic instruction, social and emotional skills, safety, reliable nutrition, physical/speech and mental health therapy, and opportunities for physical activity, among other benefits. 

Schools were closed this Spring when data reflected children being able to carry the virus and expose adults, even if they were not symptomatic.

Most parents initially supported the idea of school closures and having online teaching to avoid spread of the virus to parents and grandparents.

But online learning did not appear to be as productive, and many parents feel their children learn better in a classroom environment.

The AAP agrees but only if the following benchmarks are met:

  • School policies must be flexible and nimble in responding to new information, and administrators must be willing to refine approaches when specific policies are not working.
  • It is critically important to develop strategies that can be revised and adapted depending on the level of viral transmission in the school and throughout the community and done with close communication with state and/or local public health authorities and recognizing the differences between school districts, including urban, suburban, and rural districts.
  • Policies should be practical, feasible, and appropriate for child and adolescent’s developmental stage.
  • Special considerations and accommodations to account for the diversity of youth should be made, especially for our vulnerable populations, including those who are medically fragile, live in poverty, have developmental challenges, or have special health care needs or disabilities, with the goal of safe return to school.
  • No child or adolescent should be excluded from school unless required in order to adhere to local public health mandates or because of unique medical needs. Pediatricians, families, and schools should partner together to collaboratively identify and develop accommodations, when needed.
  • School policies should be guided by supporting the overall health and well-being of all children, adolescents, their families, and their communities. These policies should be consistently communicated in languages other than English, if needed, based on the languages spoken in the community, to avoid marginalization of parents/guardians who are of limited English proficiency or do not speak English at all.

Children were one of the smallest groups affected by COVID, but some did suffer from Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C), with fever, rash, and multiple organ involvement.

Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Cases Suspected in Multiple States

The AAP cites evidence that school closures are harmful to children. They state:

Lengthy time away from school and associated interruption of supportive services often results in social isolation, making it difficult for schools to identify and address important learning deficits as well as child and adolescent physical or sexual abuse, substance use, depression, and suicidal ideation. This, in turn, places children and adolescents at considerable risk of morbidity and, in some cases, mortality.

School’s however grapple with the notion that if COVID or flu cases surge this next Fall they may be forced to re-close down, again subjecting the students to abrupt, changes in learning. Some have suggested “hybrid” learning formats that include both in classroom and online learning for student safety by limiting group sizes, thus additionally easing the transition if a lockdown happens again.

This is a developing story….

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“No Mask No Service”, How To Avoid Being Accused of “Corona Discrimination”

Image from the Daily Dot

As states mandate face coverings when out in public, businesses find themselves between a rock and a hard place when it comes to executing their Governor’s orders.

Although legally a business can “refuse service” to those not wearing a mask during the COVID pandemic, negative publicity will pervade social media long before an employee/business owner is able to defend their legal right.

Employees on the other hand grapple with enforcing their employers’ mandate to ensure all customers are wearing masks while being unclear as to what is allowed under the law.

Guidance therefore is needed from our state officials on how to address these delicate issues.

For example, Zahur Abdiaziz, was refused service at Marissa’s Bakery in Minneapolis when she came in wearing a hijab instead of a mask. The employee behind the counter could be heard saying “no mask no service”, appearing to not acknowledge that the hijab was covering her nose and mouth, allowed within state guidelines. The bakery has apologized and the fate of the employee has not been disclosed.

Zahur Abidiaziz

At a Trader Joe’s in Los Angeles, an unmasked woman is seen in a video posted by D. Giles, being accosted by multiple people in a store. She subsequently throws down her basked and says, “I have a breathing problem, my doctor will not let me wear a mask. So anyone harassing me to wear a mask, you guys are violating federal law.” Allegedly she was wearing a mask according to a nearby witness, prior to her entering the store, and it is unclear why she removed it.

If issues such of refusal of service to one who has an alleged medical condition become legal battles, it is currently believed that this courts will allow the face mask rule to supersede ADA mandates to not discriminate against one who suffers from a medical condition, as the mask mandate comes during a public health emergency.

Last week, however, the Department of Justice warned employers of fake exemption cards, threatening ADA violations and fines. They state, “The Department urges the public not to rely on the information contained in these postings and to visit ADA.gov for ADA information issued by the Department.”

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However, employers and employees are unclear as to which decision they make could get them into more trouble, hence caught between a rock and a hard place.

Avoiding “Corona Discrimination”

Business owners/employers/employees

  1. Know the laws. If a mask mandate in your state allows age and medical exemptions, inform your staff and coworkers of these before an issue arises.
  2. Offer a mask if they don’t appear or have proof of a medical condition. Your offering a facial covering, and documenting as such, provides you some protection if the state were to inspect or audit a case for non compliance.
  3. Explain to the customer your need to show compliance to state officials if ever in question and if they could sign a small form documenting your request that they cover their nose and mouth
  4. Have signage before one enters the store and document photographic proof of such signs (in case one takes it down).

Customers

  1. If you do have a medical condition that precludes face mask coverings, consider having your medical provider write a note (without specifying any specific medical conditions) that you can show if asked upon requesting service.
  2. Consider carrying a scarf. Although not the most ideal for protection, scarves are allowed under most state mandates to be used to cover nose and mouth. They can be worn easily around the neck and so if a break needs to be made to breathe or cool down, depending on what issue you may have with a facial covering, it can be easily moved up and down.
  3. Consider having someone, who can wear a face covering, do your shopping or essential purchases for you.

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, iHeart Radio and is a Board Certified Family Physician

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New Social Media App, Parler, Offers “Free Speech” Platform

New social media platform, “Parler”, is turning heads and users from Facebook and Twitter who are looking for a site that promises to be “unbiased.”

Founders John Matze and Jared Thomson from Henderson, Nevada created Parler in 2018 in response to Twitter and Facebook users being censored if their posts were considered “extreme”. Both founders have computer science degrees from the University of Denver.

They began the #Twexit campaign calling for followers to “reject censorship and exit Twitter.”

On their website, Parler states:

Our goal is to offer the world a platform that protects user’s rights, supports publishers and builds online communities.

Parler aims to empower users to control their social experience. Users can be responsible to engage content as they see fit.

We are not regulators. We are not governors. We are a community.

Parler accepts your right to express your thoughts, opinions and ideals online.

Just like in society, Parler interactions are subject to guidelines; and when you respect them, you are free to participate wholly.

Parler attracts many including those conservatives who feel their criticism of left wing policies are being hampered by other platforms.

It is estimated they have already amassed over 1 million users.

This is a developing story….

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House Democrats Plan to Pass Bill on Washington D.C. Becoming A State

On Friday, the United States House of Representatives plans to pass a bill to make Washington D.C. the 51st state in the nation.

Additionally, the name would be changed from “District of Columbia” to “Washington, Douglass Commonwealth,” named after Frederick Douglass, Maryland-born author, social reformer, public speaker and a leader in the abolitionist movement.

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America’s capital is currently home to 706,000 residents. Washington D.C. was originally established in 1800, named after both George Washington and Christopher Columbus.

The currently Republican held Senate is not expected to pass the bill, however, Democrats are hoping to gain control this next election and Joe Biden has tweeted support of the measure.

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This is a developing story……

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, iHeart Radio and is a Board Certified Family Physician

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Employee Requests for Mask Exemptions Continue to Rise

Requests for exemptions from face mask use have skyrocketed over the last few weeks.

Issues such as breathing difficulties, anxiety, skin irritation and panic attacks are prompting many to ask for accommodations at work.

Nevada this week joined states such as California, Oregon, Washington, Maine, Rhode Island, Kentucky, New Jersey, New Mexico, and New York in mandating use of a mask when being in public.

But many employees find the employer mandates of mask wearing too restrictive.

Employers, however, run the risk of business sanctions or closures if they don’t comply with employee mask directives. Moreover, any failure to comply with medical-related requests could put them in violation of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

What should employers/business owners do if employees do not want to wear the mask?

Both employers and employees have options.

Most state mandates exclude mask use for those who suffer medical ailments that can be exacerbated by a facial covering.

An employee can provide medical documentation from their medical provider requesting the accomodation.

An employer can also allow flexibility in face mask coverings, hence allow employees to design their own, if the ones offered through the company will not work.

An employee also can also ask to not be scheduled for shifts until the mask mandates are over. This might fall under unpaid leave, but it is still an option for those who do not want to lose their job for failure to wear a mask.

Employers can offer frequent breaks for those who get “mask fatigue”.

Mask Fatigue: Do Workers Need “Mask Breaks?”

This week, however, the Department of Justice warned employers of fake exemption cards, threatening ADA violations and fines. They state, “The Department urges the public not to rely on the information contained in these postings and to visit ADA.gov for ADA information issued by the Department.”

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Why are masks being mandated?

A mask that covers the nose and mouth provides a barrier to and from the outside environment, or from one’s mouth to others. The effectiveness of the barrier in preventing pathogen spread varies depending on the materials used and how often it is cleaned or replaced.

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N95 respirators appear to be the most protective.  They are designed to keep pathogens out during oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange.  They are made from non-woven polypropylene fibers and they are >95% efficient at filtering 0.3-μm particles (smaller than the average 5μm particles given off during coughing and talking).  Breathing can be easily managed while wearing a properly fitted N95 mask. However most state mandates allow flexibility in material choice for one’s mask.

Because studies have shown a properly fitted and worn mask to prevent the spread of some pathogens, it’s considered an extra tool in the fight against COVID as the country sees a spike in cases.

Business “Mask and Social Distancing Requirement” Puts Employees at Risk of Customer Violence

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Should We Be Rethinking Our Hand Sanitizer Use?

Last decade, we were warned by health experts that our obsession with hand sanitizer could threaten our existence as our use of antimicrobial gels could spur the growth of “superbugs”. Now our use appears to have jumped exponentially as a result of COVID and reopening guidelines urging “hand sanitizing” stations to be readily available.

3 Die, More Injured Due To Hand Sanitizer Methanol Poisoning in New Mexico

Although proper hand washing has been urged by most health officials to help fight the spread of disease, hand sanitizers provide a convenient and quick way to “wash up” and appear to be more popular than the tedious trip to the bathroom. Hand sanitizer may have anywhere from 60-95% alcohol base, which is toxic to many pathogens. Ethanol can be an effective toxin to viruses and isopropyl alcohol is also very effective at killing bacteria. But are they the safest, wisest choice in hand hygiene?

Although hand sanitizers may be considered heroes to some, others have criticized them for the following:

They can give rise to “superbugs”

A superbug is a pathogen, most commonly bacteria, that can survive antibiotics that most species would buckle under.  Its resistance could be caused by a variety of factors.  Maybe it has a mutation that makes it stronger.  Maybe its genetic material shields it from the toxic medicine.  Maybe it’s luck.  So shortly after it celebrates surviving the antibiotic assault, it divides to reproduce, making more bacteria.  If this progeny bacteria maintain the same genetic material as its parent, or if included, mutation, they can be now be resistant to the antibiotics as well.

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DRUG RESISTANT E. COLI – IMAGE FROM BBC

A study published in Science Tranlsational Medicine in 2018 found a multi-drug resistant strain of the bacteria, Enterococcus faecium, to be resistant to hospital grade hand sanitizers as as well.

The same can hold true with viral pathogens and fungi.

According to the CDC: Each year in the United States, at least 2.8 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 35,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections.

Some brands may cause methanol poisoning

The FDA released a warning to consumers to avoid the following brands of hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, as they may contain methanol instead of ethanol and can therefore cause methanol poisoning. These include:

  • All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)
  • Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)
  • Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)
  • The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)
  • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)

Signs of methanol poisoning may include:

  • headache
  • blurred vision
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • confusion
  • seizures
  • nerve damage
  • coma
  • death

The bottles of “sanitizer” one comes across may have contaminants or undisclosed products

When the COVID pandemic began, consumers flocked to stores to purchase hand sanitizer and supplies ran out almost immediately. The WHO offered instructions on DIY hand sanitizer. Slowly supply is coming back but at a steep price for businesses trying to reopen.

So for those businesses eager to open up and needing ample supply of sanitizer, they may be utilizing DIY recipes.

Many business establishments have generic containers offering “hand sanitizer” that reportedly leave a smell of vodka or tequila once applied.

Reports on social media are fueling speculation that some large businesses are using alcohol to create enough supply to meet the sanitizing demands of their customers.

Name brand bottles could also be reused as many companies create their own. Hence if there is no regulation of the product and its efficacy, concerns rise as to how protective the product is.

Frequent hand sanitizer use may cause severe skin conditions

Alcohol is a desiccant, which means it dehydrates, or dries. For those of us with delicate skin or conditions such as eczema, judicious hand sanitizer use can cause painful flare ups.

Dry, cracked skin can cause a breakdown in the barrier that the skin provides, hence infection can ensue. Yep hand sanitizer designed to prevent infection can put dry skin at risk for infection.

Chemicals within some hand sanitizers could pose health risks

Fragrances or products within hand sanitizers could cause allergies or disruption in one’s metabolism. Triclosan, for example, although not used in most products today, has been known to affect thyroid hormone levels.

Many apply hand sanitizer incorrectly

For those who choose to swap hand swashing with soap and water for a couple quick pumps of hand sanitizer, they may be missing out on some good cleansing.

The World Health Organization recommends the following steps to be taken when using hand sanitizer:

  1. Fill entire palm with hand sanitizer
  2. Rub both palms together
  3. Put right hand over left and interlace fingers
  4. Put left hand over right and interlace fingers
  5. Interlock fingers to get under the nails
  6. Rotation rubbing to clean the thumb
  7. Hands are clean once alcohol has dried
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The process takes about 30 seconds.  However, in a study released last year, researchers from the University Hospital Basel found that if all steps were taken but performed in 15 seconds, the same results will be obtained.  However, if fewer steps were taken, more bacteria/viruses/pathogens would remain on the hands.

Hence if someone avoided an effective means to clean one’s hands such as hand-washing with soap and water for slip shot sanitizing they could be doing themselves and others a disservice.

There’s no doubt it’s going to take some heavy weapons to fight COVID-19….we just need to make sure the treatment is not worse than the disease itself.

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, iHeart Radio and is a Board Certified Family Physician

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“Master Bedroom” Now Changed to “Primary Bedroom” For Houston House Listings

This week the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR) voted to change bedroom/bathroom descriptors from “Master” to “Primary.”

A Texas MLS (Multiple Listing Service) Advisory group approved the motion last week and websites and listings were updated right away.

The change in language comes as brands such as Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben revamp their strategies to avoid perpetuating racial stereotypes.

Homes originally did not have names for rooms, as modest income families would eat, play and sleep in the same room with separations for privacy. As architecture advanced, homes began having names for rooms such as “parlor”, and bedrooms would become more isolated for privacy.

According to Trelora.com, the term “master bedroom” was first recorded in a 1926 Sears catalog.

The History of the Master Bedroom

In 2013 The Washington Business Journal reported many listings to substitute “master” with “owner” as in “owner suite”.

Efforts to change the bedroom/bathroom descriptors on MLS nationally are underway.

This is a developing story…..

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