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Kimono Company Makes Masks for Nightlife Staff

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As hostess workers in Japan cope with the fallout of COVID-19, they’ve found an unlikely ally. Otozuki, a manufacturer of traditional kimono garments, has teamed up with a company that runs nightclubs to develop hostess-friendly face masks that make it easy to sip drinks and converse with customers while maintaining a safe environment. Called Face Veil, the masks feature three vertical strips of cloth that form a curtain covering the nose and mouth. The strip in the center, made with thicker fabrics, can be raised to allow the user to eat and drink without removing the covering.

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