I've been engaging in a little experiment and I'm sure many of you have too. I've been ignoring the restrictions since the 2nd week of the lockdown and I've noticed something interesting. The whole mask thing has really brought it home. I have not ever worn a mask and will not. But I have travelled on the train several times, ridden the London tube dozens of times and been into many different shops, takeaways and pubs etc with no hassle at all.
I always make a point of being very polite and respectful and I wear a big smile. It's like a forcefield, a muzzled glare is met with a big smile and a genuine heartfelt acknowledgement of their confusion and fear.. So far this has been 100 % successful. I chat with the security on the door standing next to the sign saying wear a mask and then walk right past them, completely unmolested. I do what I've always done, chat with the store assistants and have a laugh with the person on the checkout, it's weird but it like they haven't even noticed I'm unmuzzled.
I have only been challenged twice. The first time was when muzzles were made compulsory on the tube. Guy at the barrier stopped me said you can't go in without a mask. I said I'm exempt, why he asked? Because the brainwashing didn't work on me and I know its very silly and since you've been working through the peak of the virus without a mask and you are just fine, you know it's silly too. He just let through barrier and kindly directed me to the southbound trains. The second time was last week in my local curry house when I put my name down as Dianne Abbot on the track and trace form, as I'm a white man it generally gets a laugh, particularly when I'm challenged, because I accuse them of a hate crime for misgendering me. They just give up then. Anyway he accepts my explanation and shows me to the table. I asked him to take his muzzle off as I much prefer to interact with a human face. Muzzle free, our smiles recognise each other. I asked him, how's business, he explained that business is terrible and the restrictions are killing it. So why are you enforcing restrictions that are killing your business? He isn't now, they've melted away
My hypothesis is that The restrictions only exist in our heads as soon as you push gently against them they disappear.
I would be most interested to hear of other people's experiences. I wonder what else could disappear if this took off?