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Keeping Covered


Social Distancing Project 113Approaching the Centre:MK shopping centre, a woman and child already have their masks on.

The Distance Project 13

I had a book to collect, so I drove up to Central Milton Keynes, with my mask and some book tokens.  New rules about wearing a face covering or mask had come in on the 24th of July, four days earlier. Shop workers are not required to cover their faces, but sometimes they do.

Like the majority of people there, I wore my mask all the time I was in the shopping centre. We are required to do so under the rules.

By the way, some bookshops will accept book tokens on their websites; I ordered another book online and it arrived today, paid for by book tokens. Also, Waterstones will accept their own gift cards as payment online.

It's thirteen weeks, three whole months I've been on this project, photographing what people are doing differently under lockdown. I’m just numbering the photos I show you here as I go along, and the last photo here is number 120. But I have many more photos that I’m not showing you.

Sometimes photos won’t come across well on the blog because the relevant detail can’t be shown here clearly enough; the blogging software compresses photos and they lose fine detail.

Other photos may repeat something I’ve already shown you, but they need to be kept, to preserve as complete a record as possible.

(Edited, September 2021)
This is just one of many posts from The Distance Project. That link will take you back to the very first posts, but if you want to see them in reverse order, just click on the link in the categories list that's on every page. The project ran from April 2020 to September 2021.

Social Distancing Project 114This family group in the Centre:MK wore a variety of face coverings. Children under 11 like this girl do not have to wear a mask.


Social Distancing Project 115At the entrances to the more enclosed part of the Intu Shopping Centre, the management had placed sensor activated hand gel dispensers. Intu security guards at the entrances asked shoppers to don masks before they went in.


Social Distancing Project 116Older shoppers in the Intu Shopping Centre.


Social Distancing Project 117An Intu security guard helps a shopper at the entrance to the more enclosed area.


Social Distancing Project 118In Waterstones staff wear masks, as well as having a screen at the tills.


Social Distancing Project 119Twin boys and their dad in the Centre:MK.


Social Distancing Project 120These boys wanted me to take their photo without their masks on. This is why.

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