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Baker Street masks – the plot thickens


ON Wednesday I wrote in TCW about the refusal of London’s  Sherlock Holmes museum at 221B Baker Street to grant visitors any exemption from wearing a mask, even those with autism or COPD.

Readers might be interested to see the reply I got from the museum when I pointed out government guidelines and the Equality Act.

I’ve highlighted the really annoying part – the assumption that we all agree we face imminent death if we venture out without a mask.

‘Dear Mrs McGreechin,

‘We are of course acutely aware of the adverse effects that the Corona virus regulations are imposing on our visitors, which relates to hand sanitising, mask wearing and social distancing. These inevitably impact on the service we can provide, but we do ask our visitors to follow the guidance and regulations which have been well-publicised by the Government, for everyone’s safety.

‘We have a legal duty to abide by these regulations and under the Equality Act 2010 we have not found any solution whereby we could make reasonable adjustments to our premises or service which would allow the regulations to be waived for those who cannot wear a mask.

‘If you have any suggestion to make as to how we may do so, please let us know.

‘We are hopeful that all these encroachments will soon be lifted and that things will get back to normal and would suggest that you arrange a visit when this becomes possible. As you know, there would be a great risk to yourself in travelling around in these times without a mask, which is something you may wish to also consider.’

So it’s not just masks they are wearing in Baker Street, it’s blinkers too.

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Mary McGreechin
Mary McGreechin
Mary McGreechin is a medical historian and researcher from Glasgow.

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