The rule this week is "No Gloves Allowed". This one actually is a rule in many tropical areas, especially where there is a danger of damaging the coral if you grab it. If you are not wearing gloves, you are less likely to reach out and touch it! In some cases, there can be very stiff fines if divers are found wearing gloves while diving in these areas.
For these situations, it is understandable, we want to protect fragile environments. However, not all environments are fragile, and so gloves will do no harm. In addition, there are some medical conditions that are aggravated by temperature changes. Gloves are a necessity to avoid pain and even possible medical emergencies! Now, these divers can get a doctors release to wear gloves, but it can be a hindrance to do so. Also, if they forget the release, it could ruin a dive trip!
So, while we understand the reason for the rule, perhaps it could be a little less strict. On the other hand, we as divers can help by being more conscious of the environment we love to explore and look with our eyes, not with our hands!!