What isn't properly explained is that difficulties in lip-reading people (or not seeing anyone using sign for you), has been the norm pre-virus. Today interpreters are reluctant to stand anywhere near a deaf person to facilitate them either. Everything is being done by remote.
Who do they want wearing these clear masks? Medical staff have no approved safe clear masks as we understand, so we are assuming the deaf want the public to wear them? or just certain areas of them? But will that satisfy sign users?
They are also critical of 'homemade' masks (As are medical people saying they are only partial protection from others in the street and not approved for clinical use as they need stringent safeguards built-in), as stated, patterns and vivid colours detract the eye away from the clear panel they want as well. At two metres, lip-reading starts to pose problems anyway doesn't it? As we know next to nobody on the street is sign using or aware either.
COVID 19 has 'exposed' the two primary means we use to facilitate communication, i.e. sign language, and lip-reading, should we not now be adapting to systems or devices that rely on neither exclusively?
Video conferencing also posed problems as did phones because of the unreliability, or simple non-existence of speech to text technology included, and/or it being ineffective too. More than 4 participants participating renders following academic. The prime area benefitting, is the sign user who relies on visuals anyway, but not the lip-reader who followed oral speech approaches, often with with hearing aids.
Deaf communications are heavily reliant on face to face meetings, club social aspects, dedicated schools, peer signers, etc, it is an essential part of their community ethos and cultural aspiration, the virus has stopped that to a large degree too.
The 'New World Order' post virus means those with hearing loss are going to have to set up/learn alternatives, there will be no 'norm' to return to, and the old norm has clearly been found wanting.