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    So upset about shop masks

    I have always been chesty, and diagnosed with a number of allergies. I keep this under control by washing my blankets(!) every fortnight and walking daily to keep fit.

    I find it very difficult to breath even in a diy respirator, so am very worried about shopping. I presently have to shop for my elderly mother, and take this over to her, plus shop for myself a couple of times a week.

    It seems I either have to suck it up and walk round the supermarket gasping for air, or suffer disapproving looks & words from everyone if I choose not to wear a mask. Neither option is very appealing.

    Any thoughts?

    #2
    Online supermarket shopping.

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      #3
      Originally posted by boletus View Post
      Online supermarket shopping.
      Thanks. I did try to do that some months ago when this all started, but even shops that would let me register had 3 week delivery times. Have things changed now?

      Mum dictates a list to me on Saturday night, and I take it over to her on Sunday lunchtime. Frankly, even I would have trouble forseeing what I will need in 3 weeks.

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        #4
        Originally posted by JK0 View Post

        Thanks. I did try to do that some months ago when this all started, but even shops that would let me register had 3 week delivery times. Have things changed now?
        Yes. The 3 week thing was just at the very worst of lockdown.
        We get a weekly delivery slot and can change the order the night before. Outlets are back to doing same/next day deliveries. Once you get in the routine, I doubt you'll go back to the old way (sez the bloke who delegates someone else to do it!).
        Sorry to hear about your health.

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          #5
          If you would struggle to wear a mask (or any other face covering) for medical reasons then you don't have to wear a mask, either in a shop when it becomes mandatory or on public transport now.

          When they became mandatory on transport some companies/charities were quick to create lanyards, badges, etc. that you can wear so that others will appreciate that.
          Here's just one example: https://shop.disabilityhorizons.com/...or-clip-badge/

          Of course if you have a printer and some cord there is nothing to stop you making your own card or badge.
          Badge making kits are widely available on Amazon and other retailers, but a piece of card with a safety pin taped to it should do the job.


          I expect that the big supermarket chains will be providing disposable masks at the entrence door once they become mandatory?
          My local pub already has a box of them at the front door, but it's difficult to drink a pint through a mask.

          For now we've just got to work out how to get into a shop without a mask on so that we can buy some masks,
          I might just hook a pair of new underpants over my ears, some of the masks on sale don't look much different to that.

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            #6
            Thanks Nukecad. I've just ordered one of those. You have some good ideas.

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              #7
              Online supermarket ordering has got much easier - certainly Tesco have many many more slots. Deliveroo do some items (cheap delivery charge, very quick, use it for my brother in Manchester).

              I'm sure in Scotland there's a process for those with breathing difficulty to get exception. Hopefully bozo will get one going soon in England.

              Best wishes, that sounds a tough one.
              I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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                #8
                I’ve always driven to the supermarket for shopping but when all the social distancing laws were brought in and there were massive queues to get in the supermarket I tried to set up an online account but neither Sainsbury’s or Morrison’s were taking new registrations so I just carried on driving to the supermarket and it’s actually been quite good recently as all the panic buying has stopped and the supermarkets are quieter than ever due to the amount of people now ordering online.
                These new mandatory mask laws were the final straw for me so I went on Sainsbury’s website last night and they were taking new registrations so I’ve set up an account. Haven’t made an order yet but once I get used to this i doubt I’ll ever be driving to the supermarket again.

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                  #9
                  I've found that the surgical-style masks don't really make a difference to breathing - certainly nothing like a respirator does. (Still a bit uncomfortable though).

                  Iceland are easy to get deliveries for, usually next day is available.

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                    #10
                    Online shopping has been gradually increasing over the last few years. Has the pandemic given it a boost which will lead to retail outlet closures?

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                      #11
                      Possibly, but there are still going to be the odd item that people have forgotten to order so will want to pop to the shop for.

                      Of course that local shop may no longer be there. (Just like the

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                        #12
                        Stupid post editor posted before I'd finished.

                        Online shopping may be the nail in the coffin for many smaller local shops, although some such as farm outlets have actually seen an increase in customers during lockdown.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Lawcruncher View Post
                          Online shopping has been gradually increasing over the last few years. Has the pandemic given it a boost which will lead to retail outlet closures?
                          Ocado says it has a waiting list of nearly 1m people who it can't service because it doesn't have the capacity.

                          Because other supermarkets have greater capacity a number of those frustrated customers will move elsewhere.

                          I suspect a lot of people will adopt a kind of hybrid, with click and collect for the main items ordered online with a quick visit to the store for the couple of items that were forgotten.

                          But because of the increase in food deliveries and other gig economy changes, lots of local shops have started doing deliveries during the pandemic. Our local (and good) butcher has begun to deliver locally, which they didn't before.
                          Kept them in business while they weren't able to open, they've developed a new market - lots of people who wouldn't have visited their shop and now will continue the online deliveries with the shop open.
                          When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
                          Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
                            Ocado says it has a waiting list of nearly 1m people who it can't service because it doesn't have the capacity.

                            Because other supermarkets have greater capacity a number of those frustrated customers will move elsewhere.

                            I suspect a lot of people will adopt a kind of hybrid, with click and collect for the main items ordered online with a quick visit to the store for the couple of items that were forgotten.

                            But because of the increase in food deliveries and other gig economy changes, lots of local shops have started doing deliveries during the pandemic. Our local (and good) butcher has begun to deliver locally, which they didn't before.
                            Kept them in business while they weren't able to open, they've developed a new market - lots of people who wouldn't have visited their shop and now will continue the online deliveries with the shop open.
                            Looks like a bit of a mix, then, almost going back to when I was a boy.

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                              #15
                              It just takes some planning. If there are 3 week delivery slots available book it. Then next week you can book another for 3 weeks time, hence you have a weekly delivery. We have been shopping but only once a fortnight and my partner goes because they qualify for the waitrose over 70s first hour which is very civilised. Freezing milk and bread for the fortnight is easy. Most veg will last 2 weeks but if it gets a bit close just make soup or ratatouille out of it. It's just a new way of shopping and thinking. The same way wearing a mask (providing you can) will become the norm. The most difficult thing is if you are deaf or partially deaf, masks muffle the voice and of course you can't lip read. Not thought that one through yet.

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