By Letter to the Editor on September 24, 2020.
There are a number of people who feel that the compulsory use of masks in certain public areas is an infringement of their civil rights.
The COVID 19 pandemic is a world war, in 212 countries. By the end of the month we will have 31 million cases and one million deaths, with a mortality rate above three per cent.
My parents lived through the Second World War. They had some restrictions on their freedom, but there were a lot of product shortages they had to deal with. And they also had the fear that my father would get transferred out of naval operations centres to a combat situation and have to battle the Nazis or the Imperial Japanese Army. These restrictions and shortages and fears lasted for six years.
Wearing a mask in some indoor situations for the coming winter is a lot less to ask.