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Bookshops unmasked

July 19th was hailed as ‘Freedom Day’ in the press for the easing of mask wearing restrictions. But freedom for whom?  With the government saying that wearing masks in shops is a personal choice rather than a legal obligation in England (at the time of writing they are still required in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), Freedom Day is the opposite for those with low immune systems or pre-existing conditions who become vulnerable if others do not wear masks to help prevent the spread of Covid unless medically exempt.

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