Covid-19 has been on UK shores for months, so, in an act of closing the stable door after the horse has gotten onto a boat and sailed halfway across the world, the government is now making the use of face masks mandatory in shops – having encouraged shops to reopen for several weeks, and even encouraging the pubs to reopen. It’s typical of current Tory government to do things after the fact, and it’s also typical of waves of complaining about having to wear masks.

On some levels, I can understand why face masks aren’t desirable. I end up with foggy glasses, and they aren’t especially comfortable. There are people out there with breathing difficulties who will find masks particularly unpleasant. However, for those of us who are able-bodied, a bit of discomfort is a very small price to pay for helping to control the spread of a disease that is dehabilitating and deadly. Now, if only our incompetent incumbent government had done this sooner!

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