I’m anxious about the masks being compulsory to wear in shops. I know their is exemptions and I was given a laminated card from my care team. I’m anxious about being stopped though and potentially questioned as I’m not very good in social situations. What if they don’t allow me entry even after seeing the card? I can’t bear the feeling of wearing something on my face. I’ve never wear hoods or hats either because I just don’t like how it feels. It irritates me and makes me feel very uncomfortable. I don’t like it when I can’t see people’s face either as it’s already difficult reading people and guessing their intentions without their face being covered on top of that.
Does anybody relate? Any advice?
I'll be shopping on Tuesday without a compliance muzzle - Sainsburys have already said they will treat anyone trying to humiliate me or abuse me as bullying and they will be told to leave the shop. It'll be interesting to see what actually happens.
All you have to say if challenged is 'I'm exempt'. They shouldn't interrogate you as to why. Although there are exemption cards and badges to download on the government corona virus website, the government advise this is to make you feel more comfortable and is not to be considered a necessity. The government also say that no proof, doctors note, proof of disability or similar is not needed.
This coupled with the fact that many supermarkets have said it is not their place to enforce the law and that the instruction is that no one should be refused entry for not wearing a mask should mean you have nothing to worry about.
Just got back from shopping - we were the only ones in the shop without muzzles - had my sunflower lanyard & exemption card - didn't get challenged at all - no-one said anything and I wasn't aware of any funny looks - successful sortie.
I guess the fact I'm not very well today and I look like death warmed up helped a little.
That’s good to hear. I went to Argos today and nobody said anything there either.