A not-very-happy Mask Day to everyone. I know a lot of people, myself included, are currently nervous about going into shops etc. for fear of running into official or self-appointed Mask Enforcers. So I came up with the idea of a five-level Maskstapo threat scale, similar to the government's equally arbitrary coronavirus threat scale:
Level 1: No official rules, no masks present. Level 2: No official rules. Few people wearing masks and no 'unofficial' enforcement. Level 3: Rules exist, only minimal enforcement. Masks in general circulation. Level 4: Mask-wearing levels high or rising; active enforcement by staff and/or unofficial vigilantes.
Level 5: Active enforcement of mask-wearing by the police in addition to staff members/the public.
I'm going to post a report at the end of the day describing my visits to various public places in my home and work areas (south-east and central London). Feel free to join in with your own experiences, and hopefully this can give people some reassurance, or at least let them know which places/businesses to avoid.
My experiences so far:
Public transport: On the DLR I sat near to the driver's compartment, and he knocked on the glass and asked me about my lack of mask. First time in weeks this has happened, so I don't know if they're being especially zealous today, or I just happened to run into the one driver who actually cares. I told him I have a medical exemption (which is true, though I wouldn't wear one anyway) and he didn't question this - they're not allowed to. No problems on buses or Tube, though most people are wearing masks; people just avoid eye contact and don't speak to each other (no change there, then). Threat level: 3-4.
Outside: No obvious change in number of people wearing masks (maybe 10% at most, many of them elderly). I'll give a fuller report later once the streets fill up. Provisional threat level: 2.