I'm new here and I really wanted to get feedback from people regarding the mandatory face mask wearing on public transport. Since the lockdown began I have not used public transport for this precise reason. Alex Jones (yes, "gay frogs" guy!) recently pointed out that there was once a law in place that was wrong but Rosa Parks broke it and eventually got it changed. I know he's a bit on the barmy side but damn, was he right there!
Anyway, my concern is that my job involves using public transport, in that I train disabled kids to travel safely and independently. As you've probably guessed I am vehemently against this fascistic crap and have shown some overly zealous types a 'badge' on my phone saying I am exempt when necessary in shops (though not strictly true, as it were 😉). A virtual meeting that was held a few weeks ago cemented my assumption that many of the people I call colleagues, as kind as they are, aren't, shall we say, the questioning types. Sadly, they almost seem gleeful in their obedience. We were told that if a young person we were working with refused to wear a mask we were within our rights to deny them our training (since we might get grief from the driver).
I fear that I will have to quit as I really can't bring myself to go along with conditioning special needs kids into wearing masks😡, especially when I refuse to do so myself! My company always bangs on about promoting independence for the disabled - I guess that doesn't apply to thinking though! One woman on the virtual call murmured something about "common sense" when we were also told that we can't share pens with our young people 🙄...I just despair!
Anyway, I wanted to see what people's experiences were regarding the enforcement of mask wearing on public transport. It seems to not be as bad in shops as I first anticipated it being when it was introduced. I'm particularly keen to hear from people in the North West but any thoughts / comments would be appreciated. September is coming sooner than I'd like and the job search was already in full swing before all this nonsense, but that's another story!