> JohnL and riddles, exactly! Just in case its
> unclear (since the government has failed miserably
> in articulating this message) MASKS PROTECT OTHERS
> FROM YOU! So if you wear a mask in a shop, you are
> showing other people around you respect for their
> safety and doing a huge public service by not
> inadvertently spreading the virus. It goes both
> ways, shoppers should wear them for the workers,
> and workers should wear them for the shoppers.
> I am 100% behind a petition to get EVERYONE to
> wear masks where social distancing is not possible
> but this is not a new idea. This has already been
> raised but seems to have lost steam, aside from
> the requirement on public transport:
> The reason I feel it would be beneficial to get
> local shop owners/workers on board is that I
> believe some people will be more inclined to wear
> a mask in shops if they see this as the norm with
> local shop workers. I wear a mask in shops to
> protect these people, and I started wearing one
> early on because I saw shop workers wearing them.
> I think the more we see it as the norm, the more
> people will continue to take it seriously. Added
> to this, I have stopped shopping at one ED
> business because I felt extremely uncomfortable
> with the staff of 6 or 7 cuddling up shoulder to
> shoulder for a team photo op (within view of
> shoppers waiting outside) just before opening for
> a busy line of shoppers...the same establishment
> has half the staff wearing masks and the other
> half does not, hence should one unmasked worker
> become sick they may inadvertently infect a whole
> load of staff and shoppers.
> I don't think its a difficult decision, look at
> the rest of the world they are requiring masks for
> good reason, to keep each other safe!
I've signed the petition but I feel its a hopeless case-Mask wearing is mandatory on public transport but there are not enough BTP to police this.
Likewise as we all know GOVT cuts have seen a fall in the old 'bobby's on the beat' community support officers etc.
Private security working for shops and stores won't want to put themselves in danger by confronting those not wearing masks (and likewise if my husband or family member worked as a security guard I would be very unhappy at their employer expecting them to confront non-mask wearers)
I am a 60 year old woman of slight build I look my age but when I told a man on the underground to put his mask back over his nose and mouth after he got on train sat opposite me and immediately dropped it to below his chin he became extremely abusive, and flatly refused calling me a 'crazy f-ing bitch' and glaring at me with fists clenched ...I moved carriages at the next stop because I didn't feel safe-nobody defended me, nobody backed me up-and the man in question was a suit wearing estate agent type not some angsty youth.