So glad that I have found out about KBF. We might have gone to Hyde Park yesterday if I had known about it before, although having to put a mask on to get on the train would probably have put me off.
It's clear that in my area, Havering, few people will wear masks voluntarily, looks about 1 in 10 in shops, and I am against compulsion to do so especially when the places it applies and doesn't are so illogical.
My question is about the exemption criteria "Serious distress". How is this defined ? If a police officer questions someone claiming this exemption what happens if they refuse to accept your word that you are exempt and issue you a fine? Can a shop, or anywhere else, refuse to let you in if you are exempt.
When I think about being made to wear a mask, let alone wearing one ( which I haven't had to yet), I genuinely get a physical response in getting very agitated, anxious and feel my blood pressure rise, so surely this is causing me serious distress and I am able to claim an exemption. However I do not want to risk a fine and criminal record so am I am able to claim this exemption and what happens if I am challenged by a police officer ? To anyone else I will say I have asthma as that's easily understood and should avoid a confrontation but I would think lying to a police officer is an offence of its own.
Also what does a mask ned to be made from. I see words like "should" used when describing a 3 layered cloth fabric. However that is not a "must" so can I use a 1 layer piece of net curtain or a mosquito net draped over a hat ?
In the meantime I will avoid shopping as much as possible