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Suzanne Breen

Mask moaners need to face-up to virus reality

Suzanne Breen


Covering your face isn't a violation of your human rights, it's about stopping the spread of Covid-19

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Laura Copeland (left) and Daniel Gorman through Belfast City Centre's shopping district wearing a face mask on the day it was announced face masks will become mandatory in shops in England. Picture: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Laura Copeland (left) and Daniel Gorman through Belfast City Centre's shopping district wearing a face mask on the day it was announced face masks will become mandatory in shops in England. Picture: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Laura Copeland (left) and Daniel Gorman through Belfast City Centre's shopping district wearing a face mask on the day it was announced face masks will become mandatory in shops in England. Picture: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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.