What Shields Gazette readers think about wearing face masks as non-essential shops prepare to reopen

Non-essential shops will be allowed to reopen next week – but what extra precautions will people be taking?

Many stores will be limiting the number of customers allowed inside, while strict social distancing rules will remain in place.

Some shoppers may also choose to wear a face covering, which will become mandatory when travelling on public transport from Monday, June 15 – the same day that many retailers will reopen for the first time.

We asked if you would considering wearing a face covering while out shopping.

Face masks have been made mandatory when travelling on public transport.

This is what you said:

Leanne Henderson: “I've been shopping for old people five days a week throughout this. I always have a mask in my bag just in case it's needed. Some shops you go in and your fine, people are keeping apart and respecting your space, other shops you go in are full of people not keeping a distance.”

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Ruckeya Cairns-Duthie: “I will wear one. The mask is meant to protect others from yourself. If everyone wore them we probably wouldn't be stuck in lockdown.”

Heather Ditchburn Curry: “Absolutely not! I will be going shopping but not a chance of me wearing a mask. I get panic attacks.”

Paul Andersen: “Never worn one yet and not planning on starting to either, use a bit of common sense. We’ve spent our whole lives living with the threat of germs, infections and viruses.”

Keith Vasey: “Anywhere where there are going to be people not from my household I will wear one. But yes they should be compulsory in shops if not for yourself but also for the staff. Better safe than sorry.”

Bev Robson: “No but it’s not essential currently. Good, effective hand hygiene is sufficient, and not going out when you have symptoms!”

Moira Barrass: “Yes of course, have been wearing one for a while. Government asked people to start wearing them a few weeks ago on transport and in shops but not many people have paid attention.”

James Barry Stanwix: “If I have to yes, if not no. I think face masks make no difference, that's my opinion.”

June Bains: “I won't be going shopping for a while yet and I will most certainly wear a face mask.”

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