So yesterday it became a legal requirement for people to wear face coverings in shops in England .... I have just ventured to the little local parade of shops (for the first time since March) having felt reassured that everyone there would be covering their faces, unless they had a valid medical reason why they wouldn't. WRONG! In each of the two shops I went into, one a small independent shop and the other a branch of Sainsburys, half the people in there were not wearing face coverings. In the case of one guy, I could tell he had some kind of learning difficulty so that was probably why he wasn't - fair enough - but his carer had one, which she had hanging round her neck rather than on her blooming face!
I am so glad I don't work in a shop! If you have a valid reason for not wearing one then you should be able to get some kind of lanyard or badge which indicates you are exempt, I appreciate that may make people feel different and therefore they may not like the idea, but not wearing a face covering immediately makes you notice them and whilst one doesn't want to be too judgemental it does make you think they are flouting the rules. The science appears to indicate that by wearing one you are protecting other people more than yourself, so it seems selfish not to wear one if you just don't feel like it (I appreciate they aren't comfortable and as a glasses wearer I know they steam up, but it's the price you pay for trying to save lives).
I'm surprised that the rules are not being adhered to Jax, I thought it was a legal requirement now. I have been out today to a small group of shops and everyone was wearing them. There were notices outside the shops that no entry would be given if a mask not worn. The co-op had a sign saying if you do not have a mask, you can buy one here before entering. And we are in one of the areas that had lower death and infectio0n rates, so nice to see that people are still taking it seriously here.
One of my girls has been making masks and made me a fun one and a formal occasions one Fun one has sunflowers on it....because I am winning the sunflower competition at the moment!
Dead silly not to wear one Linda.
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