Frightening increase in face mask refusers in supermarkets: Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Jean Thornton, Church Street, Whitby.

WHILE doing our shopping in a local food store, I noticed more than once that people are not wearing masks which I can’t understand, as we have been told to wear them when shopping to protect both yourself and others from the Covid-19 virus.

I have noticed the rules are being broken. This is totally unfair to people, it’s very frightening while shopping.

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I mentioned it to the shop manager in a polite way and he said that we can’t say or do anything about those who don’t wear a mask – we are only concerned for our workers. He added that we make sure they wear one but we can’t tell others what they should do – and it could be unsafe if we did because they may turn violent.

A shopper wearing a face mask in a supermarket in East London as face coverings become mandatory in shops and supermarkets in England. Picture: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

I would have thought that this would put shoppers off. In cases like this, wouldn’t it be a good idea to have someone to patrol around the shops to ask people politely to wear a mask?

I thought the police were supposed to check on this, but I may have heard wrong from the TV and I thought people were getting quite big fines for not doing so.

If not, maybe this is what should be happening to encourage us to do our shopping while feeling safe.

I can understand the shop manager’s answer, but I do hope these people will realise, and understand, that it’s for everyone’s good to wear a mask and help to shield each other from this fatal virus so we can shop with less fear in the future.

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From: J Large, Scarborough.

Have you ever tried to learn a new language? This year have government-speak and its language offered to its people.

Here are some of the words we have to try to understand: Covid-19, bubbles, rule of six, rule of ten, whack-a-mole, travel bridges modeller, one metre plus, two metre rule, flatten the curve, moonshot, camel humps, sombreros, circuit breakers, lockdowns, local lockdowns, tests (or lack of them), isolation, quarantine, social distancing, track and trace, sanitise, masks, face coverings, the words go on. I hope our scientists get a breakthrough with a vaccine for Covid 19 – until then please use your common sense, and stay safe.

From: John Kenway, Alderburgh.

A Covid testing centre as concerns grow about the Government's handling of the pandemic.

GOVERNMENT rules are simple. Keep your distance. Does this rule not apply to press photographers when they are gathered together and working outside 10 Downing Street?

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