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Why no mask? ‘A mask can’t stop Covid’, says Kolkatan

The Telegraph speaks to some who either refuse to wear a mask or do not wear it properly

Jhinuk Mazumdar, Bishwarup Dutta | Published 15.01.22, 10:33 AM
A woman going around stalls in a market in Bhowanipore in south Kolkata had her mask resting on the chin.

A woman going around stalls in a market in Bhowanipore in south Kolkata had her mask resting on the chin.

The reluctance to wear masks in public spaces is still high in Kolkata. The Telegraph speaks to some who either refuse to wear a mask or do not wear it properly

A man without a mask at Bagbazar Ghat in north Kolkata did not have any regret for not wearing one. “A mask will not be able to stop Covid. I know so many people who have had Covid despite keeping a mask on. I also know many who have had Covid despite being vaccinated,” he said. 

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A man was walking down a street in Bhowanipore in south Kolkata without a mask. The photographer noticed him for a few minutes before approaching him. The man did not respond and walked away.

Two women were crossing a road in Hatibagan in north Kolkata. While one had a mask on, her companion had her mask resting on her chin. “I have a mask...Oh, it has slipped.” She pulled up her mask. 

A man had earphones plugged in as he walked down a road in Pathuriaghata in north Kolkata. His mask was resting on his chin. He did not respond to the photographer and walked away.

Last updated on 15.01.22, 10:33 AM
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