In Australia, practically a quarter of the population of the state of Victoria think the requirement to wear a face mask infringes on their individual flexibility, while just half always use one when shopping.
The disconcerting revelations come from an online poll of 239 Victorians commissioned by the union representing retail workers in the first four days after the mandatory mask order came into force recently.
The study, carried out by Essential Research study in between July 23-26, revealed 22 per cent of Victorians believed being forced to wear a mask was a violation on their individual liberty.
It also revealed only 50 per cent always wore a face covering while shopping, which has prompted the Store, Distributive and Allied Worker Association to call for the higher enforcement of mask wearing for buyers.
But regardless of the sluggish take up of buyers donning masks, the study revealed 76 percent of Victorians believed sellers had a right to demand customers wear one.
SDA nationwide secretary Gerard Dwyer stated the survey results positioned retail and grocery store employees, other consumers and the community at danger.
“It demonstrates the level of the difficulty in safeguarding the health of the general neighborhood versus the irresponsibility of the few,” he said.
“The health and safety of retail workers in addition to the basic community must not be left to possibility. It’s time to step up the enforcement of required wearing of face masks by buyers in all of Melbourne’s retail outlets.”
Dwyer said the images from the weekend of a female blatantly declining to wear a mask at Bunnings and after that extoling it online revealed the type of severe abuse and disrespect that was experienced too often by retail employees throughout Australia.
“The bottom line is consumers need to not be permitted into shops without masks in Victoria,” he said.
“The frontline employees that you see when you walk into a store are just out there attempting to do the very best job they can.”
Dwyer prompted police to impose the federal government’s obligatory face-covering instructions, specifically in retailers and shopping centres, and said it should not be up to employees to impose the law.
At least 70 individuals have been fined for failing to wear a face covering in public in Melbourne since the limitation was introduced on July 22.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said using a mask was not too much to ask of people.
“The nurse who will be treating you, or an enjoyed one, they’ll be wearing a mask, so you use one to stop that nurse needing to deal with more people,” he stated.
Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Rick Nugent stated they would not be reluctant to fine individuals $200 who “obviously and blatantly” didn’t use a face covering.
Throughout the nation the study of 1058 participants found 21 percent believed it was a violation on personal liberty to be required to wear a mask, 32 percent always wore one while shopping and 70 per cent believed merchants had a right to demand shoppers wear a face covering as a condition of entry.
About 70 per cent of Victorians surveyed said they were worried about the danger of catching the virus while shopping.