I went in to my local supermarket today, after a minor challenge by the trolley dolly who said “remember your mask”. I replied “I am exempt” and she said “Ok I was just reminding you” so I breezed on in, maskless.
It was weird tbh, it marked me out as a dissident or a nutter because just about everybody in there was wearing one, including the staff. It also clearly inhibits normal social interaction because I found it hard to recognise someone that I know without staring
So I was disappointed tbh, I was hoping for a stiff challenge because I was fully prepared with these 3 links ready on my phone, the first 2 being from the government itself:
“You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to. This includes (but is not limited to):
*young children under the age of 11 (Public Health England do not recommended face coverings for children under the age of 3 for health and safety reasons)
*not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
*if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
*if you are travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
*to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others
*to avoid injury, or to escape a risk of harm, and you do not have a face covering with you
*to eat or drink if reasonably necessary
*in order to take medication
*if a police officer or other official requests you remove your face covering”
I am of course not obliged to reveal which reason exempts me, that is between me and my psychiatrist…… But I will concede that it’s not the first one!
The legal situation:
So I am ready for any challenge, shops, trains & police. In fact, bring it on!