The mask giveth and the mask taketh away

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I don't know if you've ever attempted to do a HIIT workout while wearing a face mask, but I probably won't be trying that again. Technically I was doing vigorous outdoor exercise far away from everyone else in the park, so I would have been exempt from wearing a mask under current restrictions in Perth. …

Masked up in the wild west

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I'm currently staring out the window at the rain in Perth, where our five-day hard lockdown ended without another COVID-19 case being identified in the community. There are still a few restrictions in place for the time being, including wearing masks -- a foreign concept to most West Aussies until a week ago, though the …