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Should wearing a face mask be compulsory in shops?

New data suggests more than half of Britons have taken to wearing a face covering when in public.

Downing Street has faced questions about why more Cabinet ministers are not wearing face coverings after new figures suggested the majority of Britons are covering up while in public.

Matt Hancock told times radio this evening: “The rules are really clear

“If you are in an NHS setting, you need to wear a mask. If you are on public transport, you need to wear a mask.

“If you are in shops, it’s recommended in some shops, but it isn’t mandatory.”

Today, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has changed the rules in Scotland, making it obligatory for shoppers to cover their face with a covering or similar garment in Scotland.

The president of the Royal Society, Professor Venki Ramakrishna, has recommended that everyone should wear a face covering in public to reduce the risk of a second wave of Covid-19 infections.

Meanwhile, London mayor Sadiq Khan has repeated his call for face coverings to be made compulsory in public, telling the PM in a letter that he was “disappointed and frustrated” that the Government had not demanded masks be worn in “busy and enclosed public places”.

He added: “Face coverings are not only vital for public health. They could play an increasing role in supporting public confidence and our economic recovery.”

A spokesman for the PM said a face covering was “no substitute for good social distancing practices” such as staying two metres away from others.

However, Boris Johnson has now hinted that he WILL make people wear masks in shops in future – saying that the Government needs to be “stricter” in making people wearing them.

What are your views? Do you currently wear a face covering when going to the shops? Do you think it should now be compulsory for people to wear face coverings or masks in all shops? 

Find out more about the types of face masks with our Simple Guide to Face Coverings here 

Should wearing a face mask be compulsory in shops?

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Valleyman
5 days ago
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Everybody in public should wear a mask. The effect on not just covid but all infections would be tremendous. Avoid people feeling awkward or uncertain, (eventually everyone will be wearing a mask anyway), make it normal until vaccine found.
Not2grey
31st Jul 2020
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My husband and me have been sheilding since the beginning of lockdown due to age and susceptibily to chest infections . We have only last week gone out into a shop to buy top up groceries (we use click and collect for our main shop) I am a glasses wearer so find if I wear a blue surgical face mask my glasses steam up . I tried the ones with valves in same effect . Eventually i ought some cotton bandanas which I can secure under the bottom of my glasses . I look like I an outlaw ready to rob but at least my glasses don't steam up. Today however with it being so warm I nearly passed out so I won't be going out in one on hot days .
In Bradford we are facing another lockdown because of irresponsible people . Also we have Eid tomorrow so there will be crowds of people in close proximity . So I am obeying the rules pther nit - I have to lockdown . Infuriating .
SueC62
24th Jul 2020
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I came back to West Yorkshire 9 days ago and I'm now horrified; I was going to say scared or frightened but I can apply commonsense. I wear my double layer cotton masks (made by my friend) when in public areas. I did chance walking through the village to hers without a mask but it wasn't busy and I kept well away from others. I can't believe the stupidity of people who accuse those of us who are quite happy to wear the masks, of being 'sheeple'. Yet most of us, me definitely, have kept aware of other countries' rules and figures and see the sense in wearing a mask. So many of the detractors like to support some unsubstantiated 'doctor's' pronouncement that they offer no protection blah blah, promote conspiracy theories and ask if it's so important, why didn't they introduce 4 months ago. They seem to have forgotten that even the NHS couldn't get PPE back then.

I'm quite disgusted that the police, Sainsbury, Tesco, etc are all saying that they won't enforce mask wearing and making a big point of saying their staff don't need to wear them. If the supermarkets manage their entry doors, they can stop people entering who aren't wearing masks, as happens in Turkey and Spain, where my friend lives. I went into Bradford 3 days ago and the only shop where all staff were wearing masks was Boots. The only reason I was in Bradford was whilst my car was being serviced and it looked a better option than getting the bus home because I could see many passengers weren't wearing masks because the bus drivers have been told it's not their place to enforce it!

This attitude by shops is not doing anything to get the economy going again, not if we want to retain a high street. Whilst I used to quite happily have a day out at the mall at least once a week, where I'd have a meal and usually find clothes that I 'needed', now I'll only be going if I can't avoid it, which was the case on Tuesday and again Wednesday when I went to Stockport (far more people wearing masks). I will only go to the supermarket once a week tops, rather than on a whim, so I'll spend less there too. If I knew that everyone would be forced to wear a mask; customers and staff, then I'd feel I could take a chance and go out to the shops, as I did in Turkey.

Everyone over the age of 2, yes 2!, has to wear a mask in public and that's throughout Turkey. In 55 of the 81 provinces including the one I was in, you have to wear a mask from leaving home, even if you are in the car on your own (makes it easier for the police to see who is and isn't complying). Masks can be removed whilst eating, drinking, sunbathing and swimming. The fine for not complying is around £100 but to a Turk that would be equivalent to around £300 here. Those with copd/asthma; in Turkey you, along with others with chronic illness would still be on 100% curfew but, if you don't have family and friends to help, the council do your shopping, take you to doctor's appointments etc. Children under 18 are now allowed out but only with their parents and the over 65s are allowed out but only between 10am and 8pm. Deaths are 5.5k in a population of 84m versus 45.5k in a population of 64m. And their case figures move up or down gradually, not erratically as they do in the UK.

Sorry for the long rant but I feel passionately about it. I lost my uncle to this, my brother in law is now on blood thinners and my best friend is still suffering neurological complications.
AnnP479
18th Jul 2020
4
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It should be compulsory to wear a mask in any indoor space unless you are exempt! We are continually told it protects others rather than ourselves, I think this is why there aren’t enough people wearing them, but if we all wore them we’d all be protected!
oldarse
14th Jul 2020
4
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Yes I think face masks should be made compulsory to wear. I wear a mask when I go shopping, I also think that they should be worn at all times outside. People who don’t wear them are selfish, I wear mine for their protection they should do likewise.
quietlady
14th Jul 2020
5
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I will wear a mask when I go into shops, but I must say that it steams up my glasses, and it does make me quite warm. Sadly I fear that this will be lasting a very long time.
SharronP5
14th Jul 2020
2
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It works. Some people have no consideration for others so will cough and sneeze in folks faces just because 'they can'. Like the idea of them keeping their pollutants to themselves!!!
lunastar
14th Jul 2020
6
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Wearing a mask shows you are taking it seriously. I have never gone in a shop without one it disposable gloves. A few neighbours have fell about laughing when they bump into me, but I really don't care. I don't feel safe without one as I find some people think it's all over it it won't happen to them.
lairy
22nd Jul 2020
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I’ve been told that for my hospital appt not to wear gloves as they transfer bacteria but to wash hand.
MoiraC8
3 days ago
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Forget the gloves unless you change them every time you touch something!
JoanneS73
13th Jul 2020
6
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I have Asthma and I am a carer for my dad who is 85 and has Parkinson’s. I have been shielding and so has my dad and I actually feel more at risk now that people are back on the streets. I wear a respirator if I have to go out and plastic gloves. I would like to see everyone wearing a face mask in public until there is a vaccine . I also think that despite Boris saying shielding people can come out in August I think very few people will come out if the general public are not wearing a mask
Judy W
13th Jul 2020
7
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Although a mask or face covering may not necessarily prevent the 'aerosol' type of spray from being spread (depending what type of mask is being used), surely it makes sense to take every opportunity to try to stop this dreadful virus spreading? I'm fairly certain most people would rather be uncomfortable for a short while rather than dead for a long, long time!
patmca
13th Jul 2020
4
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Masks do NOT prevent you getting Covid-19. Masks only prevent you passing on Covid-19 to others thru sneezing and coughing. Therefore they are only helpful if everyone you come into contact with is also wearing a mask. Wearing a mask in a store where no one else is wearing one does not protect you, it protects others from you. It is a community action but needs everyone to use one to be effective Masks need to be regularly changed and disposed of or washed if reusable.

.Came thru Manchester airport; no one wearing masks even in security. No one is listening to the govmt so do not see how they will enforce policy on masks..
jeanmark
17th Jul 2020
4
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Latest research from Oxford University suggests they benefit both the user and others. It is believed that the release of the findings of this study prompted the introduction of them in shops!
Irene88
13th Jul 2020
4
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I don't want to wear a mask as my glasses will steam up and I won't be able to see. I have tried this, within a minute my vision was being blocked.. It's because they fit so close to your face. I'm happy to wear a shield or scarf.
SueC62
30th Jul 2020
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If that's the case you aren't wearing it correctly. There are a number of websites with videos showing how to wear. Shaping the nose wire and position are important. I wear quite large sunglasses most of the time and don't get steamed up. Strangely, wearing the mask high up my nose with the glasses sat on top further down seems to work for me.
MoiraC8
3 days ago
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You can find plenty of advice on how to stop glasses steaming up online. My husband recently underwent lifesaving heart surgery - an operation lasting 9 hours. I'm thankful that his surgeon didn't refuse to wear a mask because it made his glasses steam up!
EileenV4
13th Jul 2020
6
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BE SAFE AND WEAR A MASK,PRIDE GOES BEFORE A FALL.THERE ARE SOME SILLY PEOPLE OUT
Beagaloo
12th Jul 2020
6
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We now have new evidence that droplets of the virus, can hang in the air for longer than was first thought. Common sense tells me that it would be sensible to wear masks even in shops, for self preservation.
Wilf
12th Jul 2020
7
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I totally agree- The Government should make it mandatory to wear a mask in public to stop the spread of the virus.
MoiraC8
3 days ago
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Scottish Government has made it mandatory to wear masks in shops for some time now with good compliance in the main but there will always be people who feel the rules don't apply to them!
Wilf
3 days ago
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The government should be a lot tougher and if you don't wear a mask you get arrested. It's dicing with peoples lives-literally-not wearing a mask
JE
12th Jul 2020
5
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There are so many people out there who disregard social distancing rules, Ignore the markings outside shops and directional signs to keep to the left in shopping centres etc and numerous people are not wearing masks even on public transport. They are not challenged and there are no consequences for non compliance so more people follow their lead and are doing their own thing and just carrying on as they did before the pandemic started.
If it becomes compulsory to wear face coverings in shops, then first all staff need to wear them, not just the odd few, and they need to enforce the policy otherwise it becomes another token gesture.
eric1
12th Jul 2020
9
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The problem in the Uk today is that most people think that it's all over, we don't get daily bulletins any more, the Government are as close to complacency as you can get regarding the opening of different areas and places, they seem to be forever 'jumping the gun' and pushing the limits, the problem is - how far do you trust what we are being told? In quite a few places in England the 'R' rate is back up to 1%, what did all those NHS die for or risk their lives for? The compulsory wearing of masks should be made law wherever you are outside your own home, even if it is only respect for those who gave and lost their lives.
StuartB24
12th Jul 2020
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I have COPD and have suffered from severe Brocnchil Astma and have done for severel years and i find it hard enough to bearth at the best of time and wearing a face covering makes it especially hard to breathe, i get stressed out in crowded places and that does not help.
jeanmark
13th Jul 2020
2
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People with chronic chest conditions are advised not to wear masks if it affects their breathing. You may be able to wear a face covering if that makes you feel more comfortable.
blueeyes1947
11th Jul 2020
3
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Wearing face masks in public in shops and Buses / Trains should be made law until this pandemic is over
ChrisandRon
11th Jul 2020
3
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My husband and I wear face masks in shops and supermarkets. It is part of the process of keeping others safe as well as ourselves along with the hand washing and cleaning of purchased items. I do wish we could have clearer guidance from the Government.
AngelaF56
11th Jul 2020
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not only to protect the wearer but also the sales people who are filling shelves and trolleys without any protection.
Yvonne27
11th Jul 2020
5
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I work in retail and the number of customers that forget to social distance when they want to ask you something is amazing. When I ask people to step back they look at me as if I am mad, many respond by saying that it is all over and what am I worried about. I'm very pleased that the company I work for now supplies face shields as the masks did make my glasses steam up. If people don't want to wear face masks I would certainly recommend a face shield as it makes breathing easier.
Judy W
13th Jul 2020
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I completely sympathise. However, if you are referring to the clear visors, I must point out that they will only protect you from direct splashes in droplet form. They offer no protection whatsoever on their own from the 'aerosol' type of spray which has much smaller particles and which hangs in the air much longer...that is why all NHS staff in ICU wear both a visor and at least one mask underneath it. Anyone who says it is 'over' is either privy to more information than the top scientists worldwide, overly optimistic or completely stupid!
TrudyLS
11th Jul 2020
4
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I find it very confusing that while research shows that face masks are only effective for about 4 minutes, suddenly they are the solution for prevention of transmission of covid 19.
JulieB8641
11th Jul 2020
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4 hours , then too damp to be effective
TrudyLS
11th Jul 2020
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check your research its 4 minutes
jeanmark
13th Jul 2020
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TrudyLS, read 'Oxford Covid-19 study - face masks and coverings work - act now' published 8 July 2020 www.ox.ac.uk This does recommend the use of masks and/or face coverings.
TrudyLS
13th Jul 2020
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no scientists have yet agreed on the use of face masks, and what "face masks" is the research being conducted on ? To be honest I can not be bothered reading it because the research is so conflicting depending on who has carried it out and I can't see how these simple face masks suddenly protect the wearer when for years they have just been used to protect the wearer from body fluid splashes and in some extent to stop the wearer from "spraying droplets" into open wounds when talking over a surgical site .
jeanmark
14th Jul 2020
3
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TrudyLS, I'm well aware of how face masks work and their purpose. For Covid-19 it is a risk reducing measure but if there are a number of people who refuse to comply, then they are putting others at risk, including their own family. Many scientist have agreed on the benefits of wearing masks, maybe if you took the time to read the research, which is well conducted, you may realise this. It appears a little confusing to make a sweeping statement that no scientist has agree to the wearing of face masks during a pandemic but not take the trouble to read recent research relating to that very subject.
TrudyLS
14th Jul 2020
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Thank you for your condescending reply, if you bothered reading the full thread you would see that as a scrub nurse and lead infection control nurse I have had 20 years of experience and research . There is no agreement between scientist as to the efficiency of wearing face masks and coverings that are being worn. If you want to discuss the regulated PPE that does work, that is a totally different scenario.
jeanmark
14th Jul 2020
3
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I apologise as I had no intention of appearing patronisingly superior, but neither did I see your thread explaining your experience. I to have many years experience of infection control but in the field of Infectious Diseases, Tropical Medicine and HIV at a senior level.. I'm also aware of the recent Oxford study that has demonstrated there is evidence that mask and face coverings may help reduce the risk of transmission of this particular virus. WHO and other professional organisations now believe there may be a benefit in trying to control its spread. I believe any small way that may help is better than ignoring expert advise. There is still so much to learn about this strain of the virus that advise will change as more understanding emerges, in the mean time we can only try and use everything we can to protect ourselves and others. In my experience a mask is one way of reminding people of a problem and as such they do take care.
The_bees_knees
15th Jul 2020
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A very good point jeanmark.
MrsPat
17th Jul 2020
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I think the WHO have now agreed that face masks should be worn
Carobyloch
11th Jul 2020
2
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Absolutely - yes ! YES ! YES !!!
GwenH79
11th Jul 2020
3
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As usual we are way behind with sensible advice. Many people have been sensible and thought it out for themselves. Is the Government afraid to make a rule?.
angiebev
11th Jul 2020
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As a sufferer of COPD I believe its not good for me to ware the face mask and to be perfectly Honest I can not breath with one on.
so what dose that mean for myself ? if they are compulsory
viking
11th Jul 2020
3
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Yes quite agree about pulling off hearing aids with the elastic.
So it sounds from previous correspondence that you and I must modify our masks, or stump up for the deluxe version with hi-fi and 8G built in.
Incidentally one of the ladies in the picture has her mask on back to front ! I have been corrected by a medical know all that the green or blue side should be worn outside. When I questioned this and said that I thought it did not matter which side was outside , I was told in no uncertain manner that the coloured side was waterproof, I decided to look at the outside of the box , and lo and behold, much guff, but no mention of a waterproof side to be placed on the outside.
Billythequiche
11th Jul 2020
3
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It is impossible to give a qualified answer if you do not have the facts. Certainly at a visceral level it would give a sense of security ( and manners) when social distancing isn't being observed. I have a problem that must be shared by others? I wear spectacles and hearing aids. When wearing a mask my spectacles always mist up blur my vision. If using "behind the ear" masks, it gets a bit crowded and I have on occasions pulled a hearing aid off. It doesn't happen with a valved dust mask but that rather defeats the object?
tinatots11
11th Jul 2020
4
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Billy you need a mask with a built in adjustable nose piece, that will stop your glasses fogging. Also a back piece of elastic with a button sewn each end will allow you to bypass putting your mask around the ears. Cut your elastic strips. You need one strip for each mask. I liked 9″ strips of elastic, turn under ends you can sew them or glue them. Sew button on each end. Now your set no more looping mask around your ears.
Billythequiche
12th Jul 2020
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Thanks for the tips,
Kes
11th Jul 2020
7
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Should be mandatory in all shops, shopping precincts, shopping centres, the lot. Also going into and out of restaurants, cafes and pubs. The most important thing about wearing a mask is to wear it properly. I’ve seen so many people when out and about, and on news items on TV etc, that fail to wear them properly, to cover the whole mouth and chin, and nose. No point in wearing one that is tucked under your nose and doesn’t fit properly. There needs to be a serious publicity campaign about it in the media etc. Sadly, even now, people still need to be told what to do and to take responsibility.
Judy W
13th Jul 2020
1
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You're right, Kes! Also, once you've put a mask on you should not touch it (hence the reason for making sure it's comfortable), and you must take it off correctly and dispose of it safely.
swaneldo
11th Jul 2020
5
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I feel they should be worn anywhere in a confined space. However, it's all very well making it compulsory, but it's the poor staff who are going to have to uphold this and will be subject to abuse by the usual contingent who are 'special'. As with everything, if you have no common sense and are totally selfish, these rules make no difference at all. I just avoid anywhere which is crowded which seems to be the only way.
Lesleydc21
11th Jul 2020
5
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Wearing masks may help people realise this is not over, too many are just going about normal life and ignoring social distancing, masks might not prevent spreading the virus but psychologically it could help with social distancing and more consideration from people towards each other.
CaroleS31
11th Jul 2020
5
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Wearing face masks is fine as long as people wear them correctly I.e. covering nose and mouth...not flapping loosely all over the place or under their chin, and remembering not to touch it once in position. Touching a face mask once in position with hands just spreads the virus. They also need to learn how to dispose of them correctly. Seen so many blowing around car parks and left in shopping trolleys Take them home with you!!
Billythequiche
11th Jul 2020
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Have you seen the Facebook post about wearing them properly? Rude but makes the point with a laugh,
SusanL45
11th Jul 2020
6
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I’ve been self isolating since 12 Mar (2 weeks before official lockdown) and am dreading needing the doctor/ dentist/ optician, because I just don’t feel safe among people. I would happily support compulsory wearing of masks in all public places, to give people like me more confidence in going outside...
Judy W
13th Jul 2020
1
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Don't worry, Susan! I have visited the doctor and the dentist and they have both been incredibly well organised and completely safe. I feel sure that all opticians will follow suit.
Munsterlander
11th Jul 2020
8
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The Japanese and Koreans have been doing it for years as a matter of course and to stop pollution. They have some of the lowest cases of Covid 19 but some of the densest populations. Simples............
Bald123
11th Jul 2020
9
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Only a madman (or woman) wouldn't in this pandemic.
Hazbeck48
11th Jul 2020
9
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Better late than never, I suppose! Like many people of our age, I have been self isolating since lockdown began, but recently had to go into town to have my eyes tested, then two weeks later to collect my new glasses. There are big banners up all over town, asking people to walk on the left in the pedestrian areas, but do the majority stick to it...do they heck! I felt very unsafe walking from the car park to the opticians and back, but more than happy with the safety precautions inside SpecSavers. If people can’t, or won’t self-distance, then yes, they should be made to wear masks,.. and not just in shops!
Billythequiche
11th Jul 2020
3
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Know how you feel.
anubis
11th Jul 2020
10
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To be honest I have been in a shop only twice when we were desperate as we are shielding and wore a mask and disposable gloves. In fact I wear a mask to walk the dog even though having COPD makes it harder to breathe but anything that helps cut down my risk of catching the virus or of me taking it home to my husband whose health is far worse than mine is worth the discomfort. I am strongly in favour of masks for everyone it cuts everyone`s risk of spreading it which has to be good and it should have been from the start in my opinion.
Valleyman
11th Jul 2020
11
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I went into Lidl (Wales) yesterday, for the first time since Covid started, I was the only person wearing a face covering (a scarf) and felt a bit daft. But the effect it had was to scare other people away. I could see people swerving to avoid me and keeping their social distance. Great. And if anyone is still getting too close, I'm sure giving a little cough works wonders.
Munsterlander
11th Jul 2020
6
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I would not worry about feeling daft when it can save your life. I have been wearing a mask everywhere.
BillS42
11th Jul 2020
8
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I go shopping once per week and wear a mask whenever I’m in a shop. I don’t want to get or pass on COVID-19 to anyone else. If I’m prepared to wear a mask I expect all others to do the same. COVID-19 is contagious and all preventable measures should be taken .
sharoncwenn
11th Jul 2020
3
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Went shopping yesterday to a supermarket could count on one hand how many wore masks including myself; no staff were wearing protective equipment. It was as if the Pandemic had never happened.
Judy W
13th Jul 2020
1
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I had to collect a prescription a few days ago from a chemist next to a large Tesco. I couldn't believe it when I saw that all the markings had been removed from outside, the trolleys were all back in their usual place and NOT being cleaned, and everyone was just strolling in as normal! I was told that there was no longer a one-way system inside and they were not restricting the number of shoppers. This actually frightened the life out of me as I feel it is far too soon to lift the lockdown in this way. We still know next to nothing about this virus, but what we HAVE learned is that it does not just affect the respiratory system but that it also attacks the brain, resulting in neurological problems, some of them long term. I for one will be wearing a mask when I'm next forced to shop, regardless of any Government decision!
ecarg
11th Jul 2020
7
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Yesterday compliance to wearing a mask in Dumfries was strictly adhered to from my observation .This is because it is the law in Scotland with fines possible for non compliance.
We recently had a short lived local lockdown a sharp reminder of what a second spike would bring
We in Scotland have clarity of message England has confussion
Wilf
11th Jul 2020
6
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If a decent mask stops the spread of the virus and prevents you or another person from falling ill and possibly dying why wouldn't you wear one? I don't understand why people are not wearing them now and should have been for months?
SueC62
11th Jul 2020
7
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I find it quite amusing hearing excuses for not wearing masks - too hot, uncomfortable, you can't make children wear them. Here in Turkey where they are mandatory in public and in my province, from leaving home, temperatures have been in the 40s and it's no more uncomfortable with a mask as it is without. Hospital staff manage to wear them constantly! As for children, they have to wear them at 2 years and over and guess what? They are better at wearing them than adults. I've seen so many families where the kiddies are happily wearing their masks whilst dad has his round his chin. There are child sized masks and a lot of washable patterned masks for little princesses and spidermen etc.

And stupid comments of 'how do you eat/drink'. Of course, you remove the mask to eat and drink or swim and lie on the beach but otherwise you wear it. I have had my hair cut and coloured whilst both I and the hairdresser wore a mask (not a shield) and there was no problem.
Wilf
11th Jul 2020
5
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I agree they should have been mandatory months ago. The only problem is there were not enough in the UK outside of use by the NHS etc.
SueC62
11th Jul 2020
5
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I've been in Turkey since January. Mask wearing in public places (from leaving home in my province) and 2m social distancing is mandatory. I'm returning to the UK within the next few days and I will be continuing this practice. As the WHO are now acknowledging the information provided by scientists that the virus is airborne, I'm not taking any chances. The UK government have come up with stupid complicated measures that, if you really think about it, achieve nothing! Had they introduced mandatory mask wearing in public and 2m social distancing months ago, they wouldn't have needed all these 'bubbles'. Now the daily briefings have stopped, I've struggled to find out what the 'rules' are in the UK and asked me son. He told me they've given up as it's so stupid and are just using their own commonsense and, yes, they are wearing masks, working and shopping, definitely not going to the pub and applying social distancing when they have to interact with others.
TubsyOAP
11th Jul 2020
6
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I live in Scotland, face coverings were made mandatory yesterday in shops, etc. Most of of the older generation in my village are wearing them, younger people not getting the message / too lazy / in denial that this applies to them too. One shop not enforcing it, getting lots of complaints from customers that they should be doing more. Another shop trying to be compliant but trying not to turn customers away either if people don’t have a face covering. It’s catching on, more people will cover up over the coming days but the Governments should have enforced face coverings long before now.
carolp1974
11th Jul 2020
5
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yes everyone should be wearing face masks,they are uncomfortable,but we need to be safe.I visited a large store a few days ago,and there were only a few people wearing them,including myself.no staff in store were wearing them,granted that when i had paid for my items,the cash desk was sanitized and wiped down.
FrancineS
11th Jul 2020
5
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As people do not adhere to social distancing , it would save having to dodge and dive .
Marley444
10th Jul 2020
9
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The wearing of face coverings should have been compulsory from the beginning, as it was in many other countries. How can the science vary on this topic??? The only reason I believe it was not implemented to begin with is that there was a supply issue. Now we are awash with options and the supplies are plentiful - the virus is still here but perhaps the spread would have been limited if this had been the mandate back in March.
Casualgrey
10th Jul 2020
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Such a good idea to wear a mask . So good for the diet, It stops people eating and save them money on takeaways . Sorry a sad joke really.
On the serious note. I am surprised we have not been asked to wear a mask in shops etc before now. Although I have done it since day one.
One problem with masks is when they are taken off the face, and the fear of the outside being contaminated by others. I carry small freezer bags and put one on my hand like a glove . Hence I can take my mask off without touching the mask in total. I then leave it in the bag until I can put it in the washing machine
GabriellaG
10th Jul 2020
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It would seem obvious that anything stopping the trajectory of droplets - yours or theirs -is sensible whilst Covid is still around.
TrudyLS
11th Jul 2020
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until the wearer coughs or sneezes then any bacteria, germs etc ,that have accumulated in the mask are ejected in a much greater volume
Wilf
11th Jul 2020
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But I guess they are contained in the mask which is why its a good idea to wear them if you do suspect you have the virus.
TrudyLS
11th Jul 2020
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After 4 minutes of wear any virus that builds up in the mask will be ejected en masse every time the wearer breaths out and coughing or sneezing projects that collected mass further. 20 years of being a theatre nurse and infection control lead training and research has suddenly become nonsense in the bid for wearing face masks. My cynical analytical mind wonders why
Wilf
11th Jul 2020
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Hi Trudy. Many thanks. But if you still have the mask on surely the viruses will be contained in it?
TrudyLS
11th Jul 2020
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masks are semi-permeable otherwise you would not be able to breathe through them. Particles as small as viruses pass through and some get trapped in the moisture within the mask produced when breathing. When you breath out a more concentrated amount of particles are then expelled because its not just what is in your breath but also what is collecting in the mask too, if you cough, sneeze, whistle etc, the collected particles are expelled in a projectile fashion. Hope I have explained that clearly.
Wilf
11th Jul 2020
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Thanks Trudy and very interesting. Maybe a new type of mask is required? I see the WHO is now recommending them and looks like Boris will as well for shopping etc
Judy W
13th Jul 2020
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But isn't that why there is a waterproof layer on the outside of the mask? And isn't that why it's recommended to buy a mask with five layers of covering, and preferably one that you can also put an extra filter in? I'm not disputing what you say, by the way, just asking as there are so many masks available now! I completely understand the difference between 'droplet' and 'aerosol' spray (particle size in microns and the distance it can travel and how long it can remain airborne for) but it IS somewhat confusing trying to establish which masks to buy, bearing in mind we are still being asked not to buy the types that the NHS need, even though they are all widely available now. Could you recommend one, Trudy?
TrudyLS
13th Jul 2020
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There is no waterproof layer, if you have to wear a mask I would suggest a face shield is probably best, they are waterproof and protect the eyes. The best advice is wash your hands and dont touch your face.
Judy W
13th Jul 2020
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baileyhilldog
10th Jul 2020
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Wearing a face covering makes people think they can forget about social distancing - this is totally wrong.
SueC62
11th Jul 2020
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My friend has been wearing a mask since March and finds that when in the supermarket and people see it, they soon remember to social distance. I think you'll find that those who wear a mask are also social distancing because they care about their health.
JaneA73
11th Jul 2020
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Agree 100% with you - plus, I've seen a lot of people lowering them off their face, then putting them back up so increasing the chance of getting the virus on their face.
PaulRad
10th Jul 2020
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As a High Risk person, I think at this time anything that helps prevent this virus spreading should be compulsory.
Wilf
11th Jul 2020
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I totally agree its just commonsense really
VeraS
10th Jul 2020
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It should have been compulsory from the start why now when thousands have died
Valleyman
10th Jul 2020
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At the moment different parts of Britain have different rules, and it is very confusing. Just make a mask normal to wear in public and we would all know the plan. They stop people coughing on you if nothing else.
Felix1
10th Jul 2020
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I do not go in shops, in fact I do not go out. I tell my husband to wear one but ......
He loves shopping. I hate it.
Benjy1konobi
10th Jul 2020
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No- all this is being done to extend the "fear" culture for political reasons, not health ones. Trashing everything because of a virus that 99.7% of us will survive, and that figure includes those that died "with" china virus, not "from" it.
Plenty of evidence from the States of early intervention with Hydroxychloroquine/Azithrimicin/ Zinc Sulphate curing 99,7% as outpatients.-cost £20-30. Authorities want to use Remdeservir, in hospital, which reduces hospital stay from 15 fays to 10, cost £2500 for drug alone. Is money/profit the driving force here?
Incredible Kath
10th Jul 2020
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Yes, and then we all know where we stand with the rules! They also give us some extra protection. Certain people with some medical conditions and young children should be exempt, of course.

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