Eastbourne reacts to wearing masks in shops - here’s your poll results

We asked our readers their thoughts on wearing facial coverings in shops in a social media poll.
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More than 2,000 people responded to the poll on Facebook, which asked people for their views on whether wearing masks in shops should be compulsory or not.

Just a few hours later, the government announced it will indeed soon be mandatory to wear face masks in shops. People will have to do so from July 24, or face a £100 fine.

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Of the 2,200 people who voted in our Facebook poll, 1,200 people (54 per cent) selected ‘yes, face masks should be mandatory’.

Meanwhile, 954 people said ‘no, wearing masks should be a choice’.

People took to the comments to share their views about the matter.

Commenting below, Wendy Bowles said, “It’s a no brainer. If we all wear masks, we will reduce the risk of infection.

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“Many people have it and don’t even get symptoms. Let’s protect each other.”

Boris Johnson wearing a mask (Photo by Ben Stansall-WPA Pool/Getty Images)Boris Johnson wearing a mask (Photo by Ben Stansall-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Boris Johnson wearing a mask (Photo by Ben Stansall-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Colin Murray said, “Only an effective vaccine is going to stop this virus, but if wearing a mask gives even the smallest amount of protection then I think it’s worth wearing one.”

But Sandra Fletcher had a different view. She said, “Just keep those hands clean all the time, don’t touch your face at all and your distance/social distancing is most important more than a mask I feel.”

Meanwhile, The Herald also ran a poll on Twitter which received 265 votes. Of these, 70.2 per cent said wearing a mask should be obligatory, while 29.8 per cent said it should be a choice.

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One Twitter user replied, “We should’ve been wearing them from the start. I’m dismayed at the lack of mask wearers in Eastbourne.”

Lynn Sculpher wrote on the Herald Facebook page, “Last week I finally plucked up courage to go on a bus into Eastbourne. I was reassured by the knowledge that masks are compulsory, only to find that out of the 10 people sitting on the bus only six had masks. I am 75 with asthma, and I am wary of trying again, so how can we travel safely?”

The facts about wearing a mask - and myths debunked

Wearing a mask in public is considered to lower the risk of the wearer spreading coronavirus.

Evidence suggests wearing a face covering does not protect you, so social distancing should still be followed.

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Though concerns have been spread online about masks causing people to breathe in more CO2, there is no evidence for this.

Another claim is that wearing a mask could limit a person’s supply of oxygen. However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says, “The prolonged use of medical masks when properly worn, does not cause CO2 intoxication nor oxygen deficiency.”

The WHO says people should not wear a mask while exercising. People with respiratory problems who may struggle to breathe are also exempt from having to wear one.

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