He said ‘there’s always one’: Shopper in NSW reveals she was judged by a stranger in a supermarket for wearing a mask – and she’s not alone
- A woman has revealed that she was convicted of wearing a mask in an NSW supermarket
- The shopper posted online, where she said she felt ‘ashamed’ in her mask
- She said she was ashamed of a stranger for wearing her mask in public
- Gladys Berejiklian recommended that people wear masks in supermarkets
A woman has revealed that she was judged by a stranger at a regional supermarket in New South Wales for wearing a face mask during the corona virus pandemic.
The shopper posted anonymously online, where she said she often feels a ‘weird mix of shame and anger’ when she covers her face.
Her shame and anger come despite the fact that New South Wales Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian has made a “strong recommendation” that people wear masks in four main circumstances – including when shopping for groceries.
A woman has revealed that she was judged by a stranger at a regional supermarket in New South Wales for wearing a face mask during the corona virus pandemic (image from Sydney on July 31)
Her shame and anger comes despite the fact that NSW’s Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian has given a ‘strong recommendation’ that people wear masks when shopping (stock image)
“Does anyone else feel a strange mix of shame and anger when they step into their masks?” the woman wrote on Facebook.
“I just paid a visit to my local supermarket after work, put on my mask and made a line for my milk and bread supplies.”
The woman continued, “Myself and two workers were the only masks we saw.
“And it made me crazy, but also strangely self-conscious. One man even made a smart comment saying “there is always one” as I walked by. ‘
What is the advice on how to wear masks across the country?
* NEW SOUTH WALES: NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian has made a “strong recommendation” that people in four important circumstances wear masks. She said people should wear a mask in confined spaces such as public transport or shopping for groceries; while working in customer-oriented positions in catering or retail; when visiting a place of worship; and if people are in a high community transfer area.
* VICTORIA: On Sunday, August 2, 2020, all Victorians had to wear a face covering from 11:59 PM when they left home, wherever they lived. You must wear a face covering when you leave your home unless you have a legitimate reason not to. This means either a face mask or a face shield. A face covering should be worn covering both your nose and mouth.
* QUEENSLAND: Face masks are not mandatory in Queensland. Note for the current state: “You should not wear a face mask unless your doctor tells you to or you are caring for someone who may have COVID-19.”
* WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Face masks are not currently mandatory in Western Australia.
* SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Facial masks are not currently mandatory in South Australia.
* TASMANIA: Face masks are not mandatory in Tasmania. The state health guidelines recommend “wearing a face mask if you feel unwell with COVID-19 symptoms and need to be with other people (for example, to access arranged medical care).”
* AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY: Face masks are not required in the ACT. The Territory Guidelines note, “You can use a mask if you feel unwell with respiratory symptoms such as coughing and sneezing. You should use a mask if you suspect or are confirmed to have COVID-19 ‘.
* NORTHERN TERRITORY: Face masks are not mandatory in the Northern Territory.
The woman said that being one of the few people to wear a mask (photo) in the supermarket, she felt self-conscious and was even verbally abused by a stranger
The woman added that while living in a small rural town, the city made national news for “people who broke their self-isolation last week.”
“It’s a big stopover city, and I treat COVID-19 fairly as if not,” she said.
“But I feel the need to justify it to people and tell them that I work in healthcare. That I am the secondary caregiver for my 84-year-old grandfather.
“That despite my young age I have respiratory diseases myself and never want to gasp in my life if I can avoid it.
“That wearing a mask does not limit our freedom, but ensures that we all distinguish the other side of a global pandemic.”
She concluded that although she knows that “it will not change hearts and minds,” she will continue to wear her own mask and “hope for the best.”
The woman was not the only person to feel ashamed for wearing a mask or feeling confident when wearing it in a state where face masks were not required (stock image from Sydney on July 31)
The woman was not the only person who felt ashamed for wearing a mask or feeling confident when she wore it in a state where face masks were not required.
“I also feel confident. But I always think I feel crazier when I infect a loved one, ”said an NSW woman.
Another Adelaide woman said she feels exactly the same and wished wearing a mask was mandatory, rather than just advised.
“I just want them to make masks mandatory because it would make me feel much better,” she posted.
“But until then, I don’t want to be the only one wearing one.”