Shopping centres opened in June and the Government is keen to boost the economy by getting us out and about spending.
Despite, enticing offers, the chance to meet friends and social distancing measures there is one thing putting some of us venturing out in person to buy.
The thought of having to wear a mask.
Whether it is to pop out for essentials, the weekly shop or enjoying a bit of lunchtime retail therapy, many of us do not like donning a face covering, claiming they are stuffy and make it hard to breathe.
We asked readers whether wearing a mask put them off going to the shops?
While the majority understood it was important to mitigate the spread of the virus and protect others, most replied they didn’t like putting them on and are preferring not to physically shop.
Sharon Houghton posted: “Yes. I wouldn’t think of going into a shop without a mask, but I really don’t like them, so unless really necessary I’m not bothering with the shops.”
Andria J Handley wrote : “Yes, since wearing one my migraines have came back with a vengeance. But I wear it to protect myself and family.”
Sandra Chaplin said: “Yes I used to love a browse round the shops now I only go if it’s necessary and can’t wait to get out and whip the mask off I feel claustrophobic and I’ve had an occasional panic attack.”
Jacqueline Holden wrote: “Yes it’s taken all the enjoyment out of shopping. Can’t wear a mask as I’m asthmatic. Don’t fancy being asked why I’m not wearing one
“Thankfully my job does not require a mask.”
Joan Barnsley posted: “Yes, it puts me off, only go out for necessities now, with a list, don’t browse any more, in fact l can’t get out of the shops quick enough to get the mask off.”
Jon Brooks wrote: “Just don’t go to shops unless I need milk, too much hassle and too many civic mask self appointed police, so the short answer is YES.”
Sarah Gwilt wrote: “Definitely! Finding I’m just shopping for necessities rather than for pleasure….I’m sure the stores will see a difference in takings.”
Loraine Mulholland posted: “Retail therapy now is no pleasure at all now – mask on mask off – I do appreciate the importance of doing so but only shop now out of necessity.”
But people did support the wider reason behind wearing the masks – to protect others.
Emily Williams said: “No, it really doesn’t bother me. Sure it gets warm but at least I’m doing my bit to stop the potential spread. I might be asymptomatic, I have never had a test so I would rather do what I can to protect others.”
Jan Barrass posted: “Think we just have to get on with it not pleasant but we just have to do best we can to help avoid this horrible disease.”
Richard Hale said: “If it’s to prevent another lockdown, then no.”
Lesley Dawn Jammeh wrote: “No, if NHS workers can do it for hours, what’s an hour or two to protect others.”