Face masks save lives; stop being selfish and wear them – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Mrs I Asquith, Wakefield.

The wearing of face maks and coverings is becoming mandatory in shops and supermarkets.

READING the letters re face masks leaves me astounded at the selfishness of people who don’t want to wear a mask.

Surely if wearing a mask saves one infection or one life, especially yours, then personally I, and several of my friends, will not shop in town until people do wear masks. They cost little to make out of scraps of material.

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The selfishness of people should not surprise anyone. Just look at the behaviour in Millennium Square after Leeds United’s promotion celebration and the litter left behind. Does no one realise that it costs us all money, as taxpayers, when a council has to clean up it?

Shoppers are being urged to wear face masks and coverings to halt the spread of Covid-19.

From: Andrew Mercer, Guiseley.

HOW does the Government expect the police, and supermarkets, to enforce the face-mask rule? They haven’t the time or resources. And wouldn’t it be better if face masks were available for free if people are unable to make them or afford to buy them?

From: Christine McDade, Morton on Swale.

WATCHING our Prime Minister, constantly brushing his hand through his hair, has left me puzzled as to who he reminded me of.

Until your photo of him doing just that (The Yorkshire Post, July 21). I then had a eureka moment. Of course, Stan Laurel of Laurel and Hardy; the stupid one constantly at a loss to understand what was going on around him.

From: Mike Paice, Scarborough.

LIKE the cessation of Thursday applause for the NHS, is it not now time to end the ‘bending at the knee’ for black lives before every sporting event? The worthwhile point has been made, and one would hope that lessons have been learnt. It is now time to move on and for everyone to accept that all lives matter.

From: Peter Rickaby, Selby.

MILLIONS have worked many long hours during the pandemic on the minimum wage. Millions look like losing their jobs because of Covid-19 yet doctors, already on huge salaries, are moaning about what they consider to be a meagre pay offer (The Yorkshire Post, July 21). One those on the minimum wage would consider outstanding.

From: Lesley Skorupka, Rookery Dale, Boosbeck.

BEFORE people start complaining about having their temperature taken to enter places, consider yourself lucky it’s not done like the vets do it.

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James Mitchinson

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