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BH photojournalist Echo Harris observes the curious semantics of storefront facemask signs


East Bay Times//Jose Carlos Fajardo for Bay Area News Group

Masks, while not as ubiquitous as medical professionals would like, have become much more commonplace since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Store errands now require a facial covering for entry. The following photo series is both a showcase of the signs various businesses around Watertown, MA have put up asking people to wear their masks and a love letter to the many ways you can make a simple request of someone. It’s an opportunity to think about the differing impacts made by the way we ask.

Local comic book store “The Comic Stop” makes it about the heroics



This sign from a hair salon takes a more direct approach. No persuasion is needed, simply, “No mask No service.”



The Watertown Free Public Library keeps it short and professional



This liquor store puts the burden on the state.



While not strictly speaking a mask-wearing sign, this pizza spot made the unique choice of addressing the virus directly.



A local bakery makes a handwritten request



This cigar shop keeps it simple and to the point.

Echo Harris is a photographer based in Watertown, MA. For more of their work you can follow them on Instagram @echoharrisphoto, or if it’s worthless opinions you’re after, then follow them on twitter @echoinboston


All photos, except header image, © Echo Harris

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