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​A Third Of People Do Not Understand The Government's Face Mask Guidelines

​A Third Of People Do Not Understand The Government's Face Mask Guidelines

A new LADbible poll has found that more than a third of people don't understand the government's new guidelines on when and where you should be wearing a face mask.

We put the question to the public on Twitter earlier today, with a total of 13,588 votes cast.

Of those who voted, a total of 64 percent said they did understand the rules, with 34 percent saying they weren't so sure.

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Many people commented underneath to explain how they felt about the matter, with one writing sarcastically: "Yes absolutely. If I go to Costa then I need to wear a face covering to buy a coffee, unless I want to drink it indoors, in which case I don't unless I need to go for a sh**, in which case I do. Couldn't be clearer."

Someone else asked: "So I have to wear a mask? But you have one on? Why do I?"

Others argued that it's 'really not hard' to comprehend, with one Twitter user saying: "This pandemic has just shown how thick some people are."

A fourth added: "The guidelines are very simple, don't know why people pretend they don't understand."

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Another person straddled the fence slightly, saying they didn't necessarily understand the rules, but was happy to go along with them.

They wrote: "I don't 'understand' half the guidelines, doesn't mean I'm stupid enough to not follow them though. I wear a mask, I stay safe, because I realize the people making the rules are probably smarter than me."

The new guidelines came into effect today, meaning now face coverings will be compulsory in shops, supermarkets and while ordering takeaways in England - although some places will vary in their approach to enforcement, with some supermarkets saying they won't be challenging customers.

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However, they do not have to be worn in places where it may be 'impractical', including restaurants, pubs and gyms.

There are also some groups of people who are exempt from wearing a covering, including children under the age of 11, those unable to wear one due to physical or mental illness or disability, people who may face severe distress or anyone assisting someone who relies on lip reading as a mode of communication.

These rules apply to people in England, while in Wales and Northern Ireland you do not currently have to wear a face covering in shops or takeaways.

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In Scotland, however, face coverings are compulsory in shops and libraries, but not in takeaways, cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, pubs or in banks and building societies.

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Topics: government, UK News, News, Coronavirus, Face Mask

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]