Belgium in Brief: Memories Of Masks

Belgium in Brief: Memories Of Masks

Belgium’s experts are concerned with the rising coronavirus figures. One possible solution could be that, once again, masks are used more widely.

At present, this is just a suggestion, not a rule. But will you follow it? Because so long as this remains voluntary it is down to individuals to decide whether to put their masks back on or not.

After all, since the regulations for wearing face masks have been dropped, people remain free to wear one if they wish.

Does this mean we have to like the masks? Certainly not.

I can’t say I’ll have fond memories of stumbling around half-blind because my mask has moved an inch and now my glasses are fogged up.

I won’t long for the days when I missed the person I was meeting because half their face was missing. I won’t miss pinging myself in the face when the elastic gets wrapped around my glasses. I’m done with steering my dog away from another disposable mask on the ground.

For now, however, it’s just part of life.

Will you wear a mask more? Did you never stop? and what’s your personal little mask story you’ll likely never forget?

Let @johnstonjules know (or email me j.johnston@brusselstimes.com

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