In Britain the government has listed legitimate reasons why people do not have to wear a mask in a shop in England. One of them is being on the autism spectrum.
I have a friend who has a 30 year old son who has moderate to severe ASD. He does not wear a mask, though he has tried, because of the great distress it causes him.
He enjoys his trips with his mum to the shops especially since his day services are closed. Yesterday afternoon his mum left him to browse the sweets aisle to pop back to get the bananas she had forgotten.
When she got back he was being berated by an indignant woman saying he should be wearing a mask. He did not know why this woman was angry with him. He had a meltdown.
Three years ago he was mugged. He did not want to leave the house for six months as he lost confidence and trust in people. His mum was in tears on the phone to me worrying this will happen again. All due to one ignorant, inconsiderate woman who didn't stop to think about the consequences of her actions.
Sorry about sidetracking the thread but I needed to unload a bit. Thinking about this young man's distress. A young man who I baby sat and wouldn't hurt anyone or anything.