I have only been out shopping at most once a week- and never to more than 2 stores. With kids everything requires incredible planning, and maintaining consistent 2m distancing is tricky, as well as shouting 'don't touch' endless times from behind a mask. But the mask does make me feel more confident... especially when you're passing another customer in an aisle and they're way too close! But how do you get the kids to keep their masks on?! Or know whether others are abiding by 'mask rules'.... I've tried not to respond with hysteria to covid-19.... but I am more anxious when I'm out. Even with masking, I'm unlikely to head to town to browse the shops (ahhh... a distant memory!)
 

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  • Noor

    27/07/2020

    I agree that face masks should have been enforced sooner. I dont understand why we had to wait so far down the line for rules to be put in place to make people wear masks. It is a protectional measure, to reduce the risks of infecting each other. I personally dont see a problem with it. And I also agree that the prices of PPE have shot up so it's another expense low income families are going to need help with. I really do hope larger businesses can make the contribution and offer free masks to their customers as they walk into their stores.

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  • Anonymous

    24/07/2020

    I really don't understand why so many people are treating the requirement to wear masks as some sort of breach of their human rights. Do they not want this nightmare to be over? Even if you think you have some magical powers that make you immune, please think about all the other people that could be affected because of coming into contact with **you** ! Please stop being so selfish and wear a mask!

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  • MeowZee

    24/07/2020

    This decision hasn't come soon enough but I also wonder how effective it is likely to be without proper monitoring and sanctions. I've been reading in the newspapers that some supermarkets have said they will not be policing the wearing of masks and I understand that to a certain extent as some people may be unable to wear them for health reasons. However, from experience I feel you can tell who those with genuine health reasons are because they are the ones also at most risk of Covid19 and therefore taking it very seriously to begin with. I am also aware some may be reluctant due to other reasons (such as victims of sexual abuse for whom it may trigger flashbacks) and so understand why there does need to be flexibility. For this reason I hope that those who *can* wear a face mask do wear one, so that those who cannot for whatever reason don't have to be questioned.

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  • GrannyBibi

    24/07/2020

    This is definitely a good thing but I do wonder about the cost of face masks and worry about the impact of making it compulsory. A pack of disposal face masks is anything from 15 onwards and the re-usable ones also start at around 10 and who knows how long they actually last. Even if you purchase the re-usable ones and don't have to buy them again, that can be a lot of money for a small family living in poverty. Is this going to add to their burdens? Are there any initiatives to give out free masks to those who cannot afford it?

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  • NazminA

    24/07/2020

    I'm so pleased and my only complaint is that I wish it had been made compulsory sooner! I do hope however that people don't assume that just because they are wearing face masks that they shouldn't continue to take other precautions. The threat has not gone away yet and we must continue to wash our hands, maintain social distancing and only go out when absolutely necessary!

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