Etiquette Tip of the Week: Hat Etiquette
For those who want the bare bones: a gentleman removes his hat when entering a restaurant, church, office or a home. A lady may keep her hat under all these circumstances.
For those who crave details: a gentleman removes his hat when entering a restaurant, church (with the exception of an orthodox synagogue, where a gentleman might be required to cover his head), office, home, apartment building, hotel lobby, an elevator for a hotel or an apartment, a store, theater or a courtroom. A gentleman may leave his hat on in a bank, an airport terminal, an office building (remove when entering an individual office), a public building like a post office, an elevator for a public building or an office building, or a shopping mall (remove when entering individual stores.)
A lady generally keeps her hat, but a lady who is a military officer removes her hat in dining rooms and in the officers' clubs.
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