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MASK UP: Resident urges shoppers to wear face masks in Stanmore stores

 Published on: 12th September 2020   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Stanmore resident has been left really annoyed at the amount of people not wearing face masks in the local supermarkets.

Arthur Weiss has done a lot of research into the benefit over wearing masks during lockdown and was happy when it came to be enforced as part of the law in places such as supermarkets.

He said: “Around the beginning of April I watched an extremely powerful video from the Czech Republic about why their virus rates are so low and it was because everyone had to wear a mask.

“I thought that looks sensible and I started looking into it.”

Arthur said he had pointed out to people in Sainsburys in Stanmore that they should be wearing a mask, but he was told by managers that this was inappropriate.

He said: “The manager in Sainsbury’s said you should not speak to customers like that after I had been pointing at my mask to show they should be wearing one too.

“But if you introduce a law you have to give it teeth otherwise there is no point.

Arthur sent an email to Bob Blackman MP expressing his concern, but Arthur was disappointed by his response.

He said: “As our MP he should be bringing it up and doing something about it.

“If people don’t comply with the law, we might get a local lockdown in Harrow or be told to wear a face mask out in the street where it is not also necessary.”

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “We are asking everyone to continue playing their part in helping us to keep everyone safe in our stores and to wear face coverings, in line with the government guidance. 

“Posters are displayed inside and outside our stores and there are regular tannoy announcements asking customers to follow the rules, but our colleagues are not responsible for enforcing them.”  

Bob Blackman MP has been contacted for a comment.

Arthur has contributed to a book on the pandemic – the first volume is at and Arthur’s chapter is in the 2nd volume to published in October.

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