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Costco Tighten Face Mask Fascism Rules – NO EXEMPTIONS... Who’s Next?


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In a move which will surely infuriate many people (as well as posing questions of lawful validity) Costco have tightened their rules on face coverings judging that everyone who is “exempt”  MUST now wear a face visor.


This raises a number of questions, the main one being the breach of the Shops Discrimination Act and there’s a discussion to be had on that but I think this means two things:


1.       Other supermarkets will follow suit very swiftly on Government recommendations, most likely announced today in a “special” COVID briefing (very convenient just as everyone has all but finished their Christmas shopping)

2.       THEY ARE LOSING THE NARRATIVE and need tighter measures to ramp up the fear on the back of this mutant COVID strain nonsense.


I can back the second point up with evidence: I was in my local Costco warehouse last night  and was first told on the door that I wouldn’t be allowed in without a face covering from the 23rd December even if I had a lanyard. Once inside I noticed there were possibly a dozen people in there unmasked which was great to see... for now.


I believe the government are going to take things to a new level over the coming week – and will use the Christmas holiday to impose as many draconian impositions as they can while they’ve got the chance.





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A reminder of the relevant rules as they stood on 22/12/20...


The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations 2020


The following is a legal document condensed for swift reading from:


Notice of EXEMPTION from requirement to wear a face covering


·         To controllers and owners of premises

·         To individuals working at those premises



1.    I have a reasonable excuse not to wear a face covering


All UK regulations and government guidance imposing restrictions in response to Coronavirus have provided a “reasonable excuse” exemption.

·         Severe distress is given as one example of an acute immediate reaction. If the Police question you - then to say it would cause you “Severe distress” is an ENTIRELY acceptable and ‘reasonable excuse’.

·         To avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury Harm or injury, or risk of it.

·         People already suffering from, anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, paranoia and depression among others mental impairments.

·         Asthma and many other respiratory conditions, many of which will not ordinarily be apparent to others.


2. Shops:  Government advice is NOT to challenge people to wear face covering.


This is for GOOD REASON. If a retailer or service provider do so, they & their employees may be PERSONALLY LIABLE for AN OFFENCE liable on summary conviction to pay a fine of up to £5,000 - Section 112 (Aiding contraventions) of the Equality Act 2010 AN ACT OF DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION and be ordered to pay to any individual who suffers injury to feelings compensation between £900 and £9,000, see section 119 (Remedies) of the Equality Act 2010.


3. Premises CANNOT challenge me about my decision not to wear a face covering.

Shop & premises are not permitted to ask for a medical certificate.
The only people who are entitled to ask about whether someone has a reasonable excuse are:

Police Officers.
Police Community Support Officers.
Persons designated by local authorities for the purpose of enforcement.
If you are not such an enforcement officer, you will be likely to commit disability discrimination and harassment and be ordered to pay compensation.



To Controllers, Owners of Premises & Individuals Working at Premises:
Information about disability discrimination (Under section 29 of the Equality Act 2010)
A service provider must not discriminate against, harass or victimise
 a person because of, or for a reason associated with, a disability. Your  PERSONAL LIABILITY on summary conviction to pay a fine if requiring me to wear a face covering under section 112 (Aiding contraventions) of the Equality Act 2010,  IF:
·  Having been informed by me that, by reason of a disability, requiring me or another person to wear a face covering is a basic contravention of the Equality Act 2010;
·   You make a false or misleading statement to the effect that requiring me or that other person to wear a face covering does not contravene the Equality Act 2010; and
·  In view of all the information you have, you are considered knowingly or recklessly to have made that statement then you will personally be committing an offence and liable on summary conviction to pay a fine of up to £5000.

Your PERSONAL LIABILITY to compensate me for injury to my feelings. In addition, by section 119 (Remedies) of the Equality Act 2010 the Courts may to order you to pay damages and compensation for injured feelings as well as for any injury or loss. In relation to compensation for injury to feelings, judicial guidelines are that even the lowest awards will be in the range of £900 to £9,000.

Shops, premises & service providers must support people who stand up for others with a disability The Equality Act 2010 prohibits unfavourable treatment of anyone because of, or for a reason related to disability.
The disability does not have to be theirs. If someone stands up for the rights of a person with a disability not to wear a face covering and that someone is then subject to harassment or other unfavourable treatment, then they will be entitled to remedy and to compensation under the Act.

To the Reader of this Notice: Disclosure of Disability.

My Rights and Your Legal Duties and Obligations.
I have given you notice separately of my reasonable excuse exemption under the Coronavirus regulations. The exemption in the Coronavirus regulations is not limited to avoidance of severe distress or only protecting those with long-term health conditions..
Having a ‘disability’ in the meaning of the Equality Act 2010 is not required for that exemption to apply.
It is, therefore, not necessary for you to have any further information in relation to my health condition Nevertheless, I now disclose that I do suffer from a mental or physical impairment that is a ‘disability’ in the meaning of section 6(1) of the Equality Act 2010 and as a result of which I am at a substantial disadvantage arising from requirements to wear face coverings. (Section 212 of that Act defines ‘substantial’ as meaning “more than minor or trivial”.)
As a result of the above, I am exempted from having to wear a face covering under the provisions of the Equality Act 2010.
I have offered for inspection a copy of this document which I carry with me in anticipation of being challenged about not wearing a face covering.
Your demand for details of my health condition
 By section 119(5) and (6) of the Equality Act 2010, whether or not you have good intention towards me or any of your staff, customers, the government or to the public generally in requiring the wearing of face coverings, or whether you may mistakenly imagine you are required by law to insist I wear a face covering, is not relevant.

I consider your demand for details of my health condition to be an act of disability discrimination. Retention of relevant documents I hereby give you notice of a dispute and my intention to pursue legal claim for compensation in respect of your requirement for the wearing of a face covering. Please note that you have a legal obligation to retain and not to destroy or alter any records that may be relevant to this dispute.
This includes any video or CCTV recordings which show my interaction with you or any of your staff or customers where the wearing of a face covering appears likely to be subject of that interaction.

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This is a mistake on the part of Costco of assuming that the only medical exemptions are physical, i.e. COPD, or asthma. There are actually a glut of exemptions under the mental health act, ranging from anxiety, PTSD to Autism. The last two in particular will cover large numbers of people who simple cannot tolerate having something touching the face or head. I am one of them.


I am pretty sure the equality act is going to become null and void. Governments are going to allow big businesses to do whatever they like, and the police, overwhelmingly, are not our friends or allies.


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