For a place where some didn't have a problem when boys in balaclavas ruled the roost, we're proving remarkably reluctant to embrace face masks.
I get it that they can be uncomfortable and inconvenient, but please let's drop the conspiracy theories and the bleating about how we are being 'muzzled'. This is from the same people who equated lockdown with "house arrest".
Certainly question the science behind face masks and why there's been a u-turn in official advice on wearing them. But don't present it as a major civil-rights infringement by an authoritarian state.
Get angry with Big Brother for the Investigatory Powers Act which allows the government to hack our phones, computers and tablets to collect all communications.
But spare me your rage about how covering your mouth and nose when you're in a shop is a gross violation of your human rights - especially if you've had nothing to say about the gross violations exposed in the cases of Edward Snowden and Julian Assange.
Some desperately try to equate the government's stance on face masks with those countries which force women to wear the niqab.
But there is no issue of discrimination with face masks. They are not about dehumanising one gender, turning them into anonymous things.
They are not based on seeing the bodies of one group of people as dirty or shameful. They are focussed on stopping the spread of a killer virus.
This is about protecting the most elderly and vulnerable in our society, not about subjugating anybody.
Men and women, people of all classes, religions and political views are being asked to wear masks to save lives.
Northern Ireland looks set to follow Scotland and England this week and make masks compulsory to enter shops. They are already mandatory on buses, trains and ferries.
Masks are certainly not a panacea, and there is conflicting scientific evidence on their effectiveness. They're not bullet-proof. But if surgeons and theatre staff have worn them for decades to reduce the risk of infection, they clearly have merit.
There's some protection for the wearer, but the stronger evidence is that they protect others from catching the virus from you.
Personally, I find masks hot, stuffy and claustrophobic. I hate wearing them, but I'd hate more to have a tube connected to a ventilator inserted down my throat.
Sacrifice is not a shopper donning a face covering for a half-hour visit to the supermarket.
It's an NHS worker wearing full PPE for a gruelling 12-hour shift.
It's our care home residents being locked away without visitors for four months.
When the Executive, as anticipated, this week approves Robin Swann's recommendation on wearing face masks, there must be clear public health education on how to wear them properly. Many people don't, and so risk cross-contamination.
The argument that mandatory mask wearing will scare the public away from shops and increase the likelihood of a prolonged recession is false.
Unless we keep Covid-19 under control, we're facing a second lockdown or, at the very least, lots of localised lockdowns, which will inflict far greater damage on the economy than comprehensively dealing with the virus now.
Surveys show that men are more resistant than women to facial coverings because they fear it make them looks weak and vulnerable.
The opposite is true. Opting for protection is a sign of strength and responsibility. It's about caring for yourself and your community. So quit this constant complaining. Just wear the damn mask and stop being a snowflake.