I took the opportunity to go out to a local retail park with my mask on, before the lifting of masks becomes compulsory on the 19th July.
The Manager explained that once the measures in place to protect us are lifted, all shop staff will continue to wear masks for a month and customers will be given the choice as to whether they mask up. Mandatory screens will stay for a month and then the shop will reassess. Social distancing and the sanitising of hands are going too.
The Scottish Government have taken the view as other countries have that Covid-19 is on the increase, it’s here to stay, it is vital measures are put in place to keep the world population safe. It’s mad that the UK government would think to the contrary.
I am in an impossible decision, lifting restrictions, with or without the vaccine means I am home for the foreseeable future. It is a fact that a physical covering prevents the spread of Covid-19 and scientists are now coming forward on the back of the Government’s decisions, asking us to continue to mask up.
From The BMA (trade union and professional body for doctors and medical students in the UK) and quoted in the Standard today: “We know that face masks are proven to reduce the spread of this infection. At a time when we have a high level of cases, we cannot understand why we would knowingly want people to become infected.”
I am also immunocompromised. There is no data on whether the current vaccines (and they aren’t without controversy or risk) are suitable for those who are immunocompromised, which is me. I am home. It’s not right that the government are putting me and others in this impossible position.
A survey carried out by the Melbourne Institute in June found that 16% are either unwilling to be vaccinated and 13% don’t know whether they want to be vaccinated. (Source: https://www.theguardian.com)
Everyone is now free to come and go as they please without the use of masks, even though the virus is still spreading and I, like many vulnerable and clinically vulnerable people are forced back into our homes, to self-isolate. If I go out, I will wear a mask and put provisions in place to keep myself safe.
It’s madness that anyone would wittingly make a choice to go down this path, which is political. The government have listed all restrictions, but that restriction is the most important, as the world looks on.