Thursday, it reigned in the streets of Brest, the same atmosphere as the previous days. Rather rare were the pedestrians, young and old, not to have the lower part of the face masked. At first glance, between 60 and 70% of people crossed continued to wear the mask. “It has become a habit,” testified a high school student who was leaving the baccalaureate philosophy test. In high school we wear it all day, it has become natural. Now I’m going to take it off, she announces before stuffing a black mask into her bag. I like this one. It has become like a fashion accessory ”.
Further on, a retired couple walks towards the tourist office, nose and mouth masked. “I continue to wear a mask because I did not get the vaccine. And I don’t want to be. It’s really to protect me from the virus ”announces the lady. The anti-tax message is clear.
Others, more rare, also speak of social pressure. “I noticed that I was looked at oddly if I wasn’t wearing it. As if I represented a danger to others. I prefer to put it on and behave like most people ”.
Marjorie is a nurse in Lannion. Having been in contact with covid patients for over a year, she remains cautious in public space. “In places where there are a lot of people, I keep my mask on as a precaution. I had the virus a year and a half ago, in the department where I worked, and I don’t want to go through it again, for myself and for the others. “
Annick and Audrey, from Louannec-Perros, also wore their masks during their walk along the Léguer, Thursday morning, despite the relaxation of sanitary measures. “It’s a habit, a reflex that we adopted when we walk in the city center. But we do not intend to keep it for long! Already, when we walk on the coasts of Perros-Guirec, we remove it from the moment we are alone ”.
“I think it’s too early to take off the masks. We just deconfined not even a month ago. Not everyone is vaccinated as far as I know … I think the situation is not yet adapted to this new stage of return to “normal” life … Me, as I have relatives who are fragile in my family, I prefer to be careful, people are not yet sufficiently protected ”, explains Sergei, a 20-year-old student in Saint-Brieuc. “If it is enough to wear the mask to limit the spread of the virus, I don’t see what the problem is. At the limit, I would even be ready to wear it for another two to three months if necessary. I do not find it very restrictive or disturbing. For me, as long as the entire population is not vaccinated, it is necessary to maintain the wearing of the mask in public places ”.
Even if most passers-by display their smiles in Vannes, some prefer to keep the mask. “We are used to it now and I prefer to protect myself given my age, even if I am vaccinated”, testifies Nelly Delmas. “And then, we also go to the shops, we visit popular places such as the cathedral for example,” adds the friend who accompanies him Françoise Fillieul. “It’s normal to want to protect yourself, you have to give yourself time to get used to no longer wearing it. Before, we couldn’t put it on, now we don’t let go ”.
Lenaig, a resident of Plourin-les-Morlaix, is expecting her bus this Thursday, June 17, in the city center of Morlaix. The 18-year-old woman who still wears the mask outdoors explains: “Even if I know that the mask is no longer compulsory, there earlier, I had my hour of driving and as we were. at two, I put it on and when I got out of the car, I didn’t take it off. It has become a habit, I think it will take time to remove it ”.
While crossing the Cours de Chazelles, in Lorient, Eleanor, barely in her thirties, lowers her mask to her chin to light her cigarette. “Ah yes, it’s true, I have the right to remove it! I’ve been made fun of at noon by my colleagues. As I keep the mask at work, automatically, I put it on to go out! »A« reflex », too, for this young dad who comes out of work and lowers his mask to kiss his little boy, whom he has just picked up from his nanny. “We haven’t yet got into the habit of not being used to it! He blurted out, amused.
We might see smiles in the streets again now
Leïla, she was “totally unaware”. Notifying the Lorient residents, who, quite numerous, no longer wear the mask in the street, she laughs: “I am the only one not to know, apparently! “The young woman is” delighted “:” We may see smiles in the street now. But above all, I will be able to put on lipstick! “
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