While most people seem to understand the importance of wearing a mask in today's current climate, there has been a growing concern about anti-maskers and lockdown-breakers.
Well, now it seems Bruce Willis has become one of them - and he's been forced to speak out.
Here's the full story:
Now, it's undeniable to see that, over the past twelve months, our lives have changed dramatically - a pandemic has taken over.
However, in the past few months, little bits of normality have been appearing...
With various elements of hospitality beginning to slowly reopen again.
But, while things are getting back to normal, we must still take precautions...And that includes the use of face masks.
Throughout the last few months, face masks have become the norm...
via: Getty ImagesAnd they are now mandatory in most public spaces and transport.
But there are issues with face masks that many people have discovered...
via: Getty ImagesSome masks have been found to be incredibly harmful to the environment, with thousands already littering our oceans.
But the other issue is that many people have discovered how uncomfortable face masks can be...Particularly when they are worn for a long period of time.
They can also make it hard to breathe...
But obviously, there has been an ongoing debate as to whether they actually provide enough protection.
via: Getty ImagesThe world seems to be divided on the issue, with lots of people claiming that the masks are in fact only an accessory used to control the masses.
And that's why many are refusing to wear them.
Despite this, health experts have stressed their importance.
via: Getty Images
Healthline describes them as "crucial in the fight against the pandemic." They stressed that this rule is to protect others and not yourself. Wearing a mask reduces the transmission of the disease by at least half.
But this week, a rather high-profile figure has exposed himself as an anti-masker...
And people are not impressed.
Yep, Bruce Willis is the latest star under fire for going mask free.
E! News reported that the actor entered a Rite Aid in Los Angeles without a mask this week, thus prompting a whole lot of upset from other customers.
And, when an employee approached him with the request to cover his face with the bandana that was tied around his neck...
He allegedly gave her a "disgruntled" look and left without purchasing anything.
A photograph of him leaving the store quickly went viral...
Bruce Willis asked to leave pharmacy for refusing to wear a mask https://t.co/V4kcyxUwy3 https://t.co/SORhCJwfEU— New York Post (@New York Post)1610484651.0
And now, he's been forced to speak out.
The actor released a brief statement to People Magazine on Tuesday regarding his actions.
The star admitted the move "was an error in judgment."
"Be safe out there everyone and let's continue to mask up."
For more on the star, scroll on...