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“I’m not kidding, it’s awful,” Fenelon says. “I thought ‘I just can’t go out for a coffee anymore, I am going to end up in a fight’.”
Fenelon says it’s the ‘I’m entitled to do what I like’ attitude that gets to her.
“It’s because we don’t have any cases out this way that they think they can do what they like.”
She jokes that she can’t help saying something, she’s an ex-teacher: “I do it because of the arrogance of people and the fact that they feel they’re above the law.”
Fenelon is not alone in facing opprobrium when raising concerns about a lack of compliance with mandatory mask rules.
Stephen Mills, from Blackburn, says he was bullied by a belligerent bar licensee and ordered to leave the hotel after Mills asked him politely to cover his nose.
“You must love [Premier] Dan [Andrews],” was the attendant’s parting shot to Mills’ wife, when she remarked on the number of patrons not wearing masks.
Mills says he is frustrated the government has been strong on rules but weak on enforcement.
Across the globe, measures by governments to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have exposed tensions between public safety and personal liberties.
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