Wearing masks in England will not longer be a legal requirement from next Monday. While it might look like I do not support this move made by the government because I am talking about my masks and where I plan to use them, actually I back this change. I think we should assume more responsibility as we, in UK, are in a very good position with almost 90% of adults having their first jab and over half of the population being fully vaccinated. I think we need to move away from being micro-managed by the state and go to a “just don’t be stupid” approach.
As all restrictions are lifted, including the requirement for social distancing and working from home, and with many people wearing masks and face coverings for over an year, I think many will continue to do so. I made masks from old clothes and started wearing them in late April last year, about a couple of months before it was mandatory and recommended by the WHO in June. We also never had the requirement to wear them outside, like in other countries, but I did so many times.
In my post last year I suggested a number of 5 masks per person, but it proved to be too small. I have many more than that and it’s much easier. In the car we have a plastic container with a lid where we keep the masks in. It’s very handy to have and we never run out of masks. Also, we change our masks a couple of times during the day, as we rather use fresh ones, for comfort. All the masks go into the washing machine and I wash them after every use.
Why I’m going to wear masks
With so much focus on the COVID-19 pandemic we tend to forget that there are other respiratory diseases too. I am fully vaccinated, fit, and in my 30s, so the risk of having anything but a mild form of the disease even if I catch it is very unlikely. But a mild form still is unpleasant, same as for flu. Why not diminish the risk of having a high temperature, a runny nose, and a headache when I can wear a mask in a crowded place.
Where I’m going to wear face coverings
I am going to wear masks both indoors and outdoors, depending on the situation. If I am going to an outdoor location, but the cases number is high and it’s very crowded I will wear a mask, as I did until now.
Besides outdoors, I will wear a mask on public transport, from train to tube and buses. It’s not a bother at all and I don’t see why avoid wearing one in this context. Of course, if the bus is empty, I will not wear one, although it’s unlikely that I will ever be in an empty bus anyway. I will also wear a covering in the supermarket and in shops too.
These are the masks I bought last year for different events: Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day. The one with flowers was a gift from my husband and I have a matching scrunchy for it. I knew when I bought them that I will use masks regardless if they are mandatory or not. Thus, it was never a case of wasting money on themed masks when I knew that I will wear them again in the following year.