‘He said “there’s always one”‘: Shopper in NSW reveals she was judged by a stranger in a supermarket for wearing a mask – and she’s not the only one
- A woman has revealed she was judged for wearing a mask in a NSW supermarket
- The shopper posted online, where she said she felt ’embarrassed’ in her mask
- She said she was shamed by a stranger for wearing her mask out in public
- Gladys Berejiklian recommended that people wear masks in supermarkets
A woman has revealed she was judged in a regional New South Wales supermarket by a stranger for wearing a face mask during the coronavirus pandemic.
The shopper posted anonymously online, where she said she often feels a ‘weird mix of embarrassment and anger’ when she steps out in her face covering.
Her shame and anger comes in spite of the fact that New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has issued a ‘strong recommendation’ that people wear masks in four key circumstances – including when shopping for groceries.
A woman has revealed she was judged in a regional New South Wales supermarket by a stranger for wearing a face mask during the coronavirus pandemic (stock image from Sydney on July 31)
Her shame and anger comes in spite of the fact that NSW’s Premier Gladys Berejiklian issued a ‘strong recommendation’ that people wear masks when grocery shopping (stock image)
‘Is anyone else feeling a weird mix of embarrassment and anger as they step out in their masks?’ the woman wrote on Facebook.
‘I just visited my local supermarket after work, I donned my mask and made a beeline for my milk and bread essentials.’
The woman continued: ‘Myself and two workers were the only mask wearers in sight.
‘And it made me mad but also strangely self-conscious. One man even made a smart remark saying “there’s always one” as I power walked past.’
What is the advice about wearing masks across the country?
* NEW SOUTH WALES: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has issued a ‘strong recommendation’ that people wear masks in four key circumstances. She said people should wear a mask in enclosed spaces such as on public transport or buying groceries; while working in customer-facing roles in hospitality or retail; when attending a place of worship; and if people are in an area of high community transmission.
* VICTORIA: From 11:59pm on Sunday 2 August 2020, all Victorians have had to wear a face covering when they leave home, no matter where they live. You must wear a face covering when you are leaving your home unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so. This means either a face mask or face shield. A face covering needs to be worn covering both your nose and mouth.
* QUEENSLAND: Face masks aren’t compulsory in Queensland. Current state guidelines note: ‘You don’t need to wear a face mask unless your doctor has told you to or you are caring for someone who might have COVID-19’.
* WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Face masks aren’t currently compulsory in Western Australia.
* SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Face masks aren’t currently compulsory in South Australia.
* TASMANIA: Face masks are not compulsory in Tasmania. State health guidelines recommend ‘wearing a face mask if you are unwell with COVID-19 symptoms and need to be around other people (for example, to access arranged medical care)’.
* AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY: Face masks aren’t required in the ACT. The territory guidelines note: ‘You can use a mask if you are unwell with respiratory symptoms like coughing and sneezing. You should use a mask if you are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19’.
* NORTHERN TERRITORY: Face masks are not compulsory in the Northern Territory.
The woman said because she was one of the only people wearing a mask (pictured) in the supermarket, she felt self-conscious and was even berated by a stranger
The woman added that while she lives in a small rural town, the town has made national news for ‘people breaking self isolation just last week’.
‘It’s a big stopover town and I’m honestly treating COVID-19 as when not if,’ she said.
‘But I feel the need to justify it to people, telling them I work in health. That I’m the secondary carer for my 84-year-old grandfather.
‘That despite my young age, I suffer respiratory illness myself and never want to gasp for air ever again in my life if I can avoid it.
‘That wearing a mask isn’t restricting our freedom but ensuring we all make it out the other side of a global pandemic.’
She concluded that while she knows it ‘won’t change hearts and minds’, she will keep wearing her own mask and ‘hoping for the best’.
The woman wasn’t the only person who felt they had been shamed for wearing a mask or felt self-conscious when wearing it in a state where face masks aren’t compulsory (stock image from Sydney on July 31)
The woman wasn’t the only person who felt they had been shamed for wearing a mask or felt self-conscious when wearing it in a state where face masks aren’t compulsory.
‘I feel self-conscious too. But I always think I’ll feel sillier if I infect a loved one,’ one NSW woman posted.
Another woman from Adelaide said she feels the exact same and wishes that mask wearing was compulsory, rather than just advised.
‘I just want them to make masks compulsory because it would make me feel so much better,’ she posted.
‘But until then, I don’t want to be the only person wearing one.’