Very sad that this needs to be a law.
Why is that lucky? You protect yourself and others by wearing one. Having an exception isn’t an advantage
Has your doctor said you get an exception?
There’s a misconception that all asthmatics are exempt but it’s only some. I have asthma and i wear one
i got a exception card
I’d rather wear a mask than have bad asthma.
I understand that part but I wouldn’t say you’re lucky. Asthma isn’t nice.
Nether is it lucky not to wear a mask. You’re just putting yourself and others at greater risk
I’m reminded of when I was at university and a friend of mine had a latex allergy.
His problem then is the problem you have now. That you don’t have to wear the protective material doesn’t change the fact that you are at risk. And the only way now to lower your risk is to avoid the risky activity as much as possible instead, given you can’t use the one thing that would make such activities safer.
Needless to say, my friend didn’t consider himself lucky back then at all.
From your doctor, or one anyone can get for less than £1?
I’m expecting most people to wear them. It annoys me that shop workers are allowed to not wear them. I’ll still be wearing one, and a face shield though. Can’t help but feel like it’s just a way of businesses not having to provide them.
We got an email from head office that said: "As always, the safety of our colleagues and customers is always our priority and we have worked hard over the last few months to create a safe environment to work and shop in.
For colleagues, we have provided face visors, which are believed to be better protection than face coverings, like masks. This is because they cover the entire face, including the eyes, nose and mouth and offers additional protection and prevention against both the spreading and contracting of the virus. They can also be washed and re-used – more environmentally friendly and cost-effective."
It annoys me, too.
My local Co-Op has a sign outside saying that they encourage customers to use face coverings. So I wear one to protect everyone else in the shop. The staff don’t wear any face covering. The way I see it is, I’m not wearing a face covering for fun; I’m doing it to protect them. It would only be polite for them to reciprocate.
Research suggests the shields are less effective than masks and should be worn in addition to masks not instead of as protection for the eyes.
It’s a lot easier for a customer to wear one for 10 minutes then staff having to wear one for 8 hours. It makes communication harder with customers, especially those with less than perfect hearing
I’m a bit on the back burner with this - it’s enough to self-declare so are some people buying cards?
I got the below text from my GP practice, I’m assuming because patients were asking for proof and overwhelming the appointments:
Staff have been provided with masks to wear since the end of March too. It is annoying, to say the least.
Just worn mine for the first time in the butchers.
He can’t hear/understand me very easily, so I resorted to pointing and holding my fingers up for how many I wanted
My main mask annoyance is that my beard doesn’t fit inside of it, and it leaves a dimple in my beard that I can’t brush out
Such a problem.
Well, have I got mask for you!
I would have thought shop workers would be covered by existing health and safety at work legislation. And just sheer profit motive… having half your workers off sick because you wouldn’t provide them with a mask costing about 50p is false economy.
That seems counterproductive. A GP knows the medical history and can tell those that genuinely shouldn’t wear masks that (same as they did for safeguarding). Self declaration just means people will opt out because they had a bit of a sniffle in 1973…
And here’s me thinking you’re all smooth-faced like Marlon Brando