[Ed. – Wake us when the world regains its sanity.]
After experiencing Covid-like symptoms last Wednesday, Stamshaw resident Fred Ayres booked a test at the Cosham walkthrough centre at 4pm that afternoon.
But when he arrived, staff at the centre told him he couldn’t enter– as he cannot wear a mask that loops around the wearer’s ears.
This is because the 58-year-old’s ears never fully developed, following his mother taking the drug Thalidomide. The sedative, used for morning sickness, caused thousands of babies to be born with disabilities.
Fred has been improvising by wearing an elasticated bandanna slipped over his head, but management at the centre said it wasn’t an appropriate face-covering.
Fred said: ‘I went into the walk-in centre, put my mask on, went in there and they told me I had to wear (a mask fastened around the ears).