Face coverings must be worn in shops and supermarkets in England from Friday 24 July, Boris Johnson has announced
It comes after accusations of mixed messages from ministers and follows the lead of around 120 countries - including Scotland.
The rule is already in place on public transport in EnglandResponding to the announcement confirming mandatory face coverings, shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth said:"The government has been slow and muddled again over face coverings."Given the government's own guidance issued on 11 May advised in favour of face masks, many will ask why yet again have ministers been slow in making a decision in this pandemic, and why it'll take another 11 days before these new guidelines to come into force."
London mayor Sadiq Khan went further and called the government's"confused communications" on the subject a"disgrace"."We can't afford to wait another day and the government should bring this policy in immediately - further delay risks lives," he urged.
And the British Chambers of Commerce's co-executive director Claire Walker said:"Businesses need clarity on the approach to the wearing of face coverings that is consistent and supported by public health evidence."Shops and other indoor businesses need to know what the new rules are as soon as possible.
"Updated guidance, including on enforcement, should be issued swiftly so firms can maintain their-secure status and continue their operations successfully."PM: 'Important to wear face masks in shops'In his most recent statement on face coverings, 12 hours before the official confirmation by Number 10, Mr Johnson said:"I think that as throughout this crisis people have shown amazing sensitivity towards other people and understanding of the needs to get the virus down by doing things cooperatively.
"I think wearing masks is one of them. In a confined space what you're doing is you're protecting other people from the transmission that you might be giving to other people."And they in turn they're are protecting you. It's a mutual thing. People do see the value of it."
But just one day earlier, Michael Gove suggested masks in shops should not be mandatory, saying he believed shoppers should be encouraged to wear them, but he believed in"people's good sense".And Home Secretary Priti Patel was pictured meeting her French counterpart indoors
over the weekend - despite being seen wearing one speaking to him outdoors on the same day - sparking claims ministers were sending mixed messages.Image:Priti Patel switched between wearing and not wearing a maskSince 11 May, government guidance has advised the public to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces, where they may come into contact with people they would not usually meet.
The use of face coverings became mandatory on public transport in England from 15 June.Although Mr Hancock will confirm that the government guidance will be updated to make the wearing of face coverings in shops and supermarkets compulsory, he will say that guidance for other settings will be kept under review.Read more: Sky News »
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SadiqKhan SadiqKhan Stating the bleeding obvious. SadiqKhan Quick khan .You better build more pointless cycle lanes just in case! SadiqKhan BS. SadiqKhan fearporn. SadiqKhan “All virus’s in history have had second waves” Mars? SARS? Stick to whatever it is you do SadiqKhan To me there has been to much challenge and if anything a lot of the confusion has come from contradicting scientific theories given by numerous 'experts'. Quite simply comes down to which view of the expert fits your own political view.
SadiqKhan Resign. Your doing nothing right your very hated. Best to leave move on go and find a new job SadiqKhan Khan talking shit as usual SadiqKhan I do wish this man would disappear from public life! SadiqKhan This idiot is a fraud SadiqKhan Take it as soon as there is and you need all the masks again all of a sudden they will only be beneficial to front line staff again!?
Parliament can’t be trusted to debate on major decisions, look what happened how the countless votes over Brexit last year, and he he talks of challenges? talking only causes delays SadiqKhan Sadiq Khan needs to think about how he enforces it on TFL, people are still not wearing them, instead of pontificating on things that aren't his responsibility. Needs to do his own job as opposed to going on about the Government.
SadiqKhan More scaremongering! Well you would fit right in with them lol Says slick sly Sadiq! SadiqKhan Let’s hope this idiot is not mayor of London for much longer what a drip Its not group thinking thats the problem, its a lack of a clear message and clear direction, which leads to cottage industry experts herding the flocks of sheep that follow. We now have millions of covid 19 experts that in reality know nothing at all.
Political puppet of Islam SadiqKhan We...are...not...out...of...the...first...wave...yet... Hypocrisy springs to mind Just keep a ‘Black Lives Matter’ sign handy then you won’t get fined if the police see you, they’ll kneel to you Good news. and the sheeple brainwashed with your crap welcome this crap. Why are we needing to wait another 10 more days? Is this to let covid increase 🙄🙈 also not long ago PPE was difficult to get now suddenly we should have to wear a mask...this government has literally no idea what on earth they're doing.
But not if your going rioting for BLM Aye taking a leaf out of Nicolas book is he 😂😂 he must be fucking ragin that NicolaSturgeon is beating him and his shitty party in the poles! That's why he wants a power grab ! Dont think so bojo this is our country not Westminsters ! Prick Leicester sweatshops r turning them out ten a penny
It's bull sh t. WAKEUP to the Covidhoax19 From the 24th? Plenty of time until then.... crack on as normal for now then eh lads. And the staff? Other ‘confined’ areas, offices? About bloody time! No one has died of this fake virus. Robbery on the up cause people can’t be identified No sense. No compliance
What's a good excuse to get out of it? Guidelines for public transport says that people who have Autism, lung conditions,mental illness such as anxiety etc and anyone who will feel distress if made to wear one will be exempt, I think an awful lot of people are going to start suffering from anxiety in the next week 😂
1. Are they legally allowed to enforce this and under what law? 2. How long will this have to go on for? 3. Will wearing face mask now be mandatory in restaurants, pubs and in schools from September as they are all crowed spaces As we all begin to go about our lives again we need to protect ourselves and each other. The shielded will be at particular risk when for example doing food shopping and will benefit from everyone wearing their mask. To that group, mortality from covid19 is a significant risk.
waste of time Hazmat suits month! Utter Lunacy ! Good, eventually! England has followed Scotland at once! My Love Supreme one isn’t going to go down well in Fenwicks What about pubs and restaurants where you’ll spend a lot longer? About time FCUK OFF BORIS 🤣 Good all for this 👍😁👌 Checking of the rules will be carried out by police and not by shop staff, don't police have enough on their hands like tackling drugs, closing down sweat shops and tackling knife crime instead of harassing law abiding citizens on their attire? What's next political police?
Why not NOW? Can't see it happening. I've just developed asthma. I never used to get it until Bo Jo the clown unveiled his latest farcical rule. Now I'm very weasy. Why not now? How long - when will it ever be 100% safe - never is the short answer The local bank is going to love me when i walk in 24th....
🤣it’s never going to be enforced. It’s just another divide and rule tactic to keep everyone distracted. Unfortunately people are going to buy more and more online - watch and learn This is going to annoy ALL of the right people
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Coronavirus latest news: Michael Gove says face masks should not be mandatory in shops in EnglandMichael Gove has said that face masks should not be made mandatory inside shops in England because "it is always best to trust people's common sense". English common sense in a nut shell in your country, if you want to sell my products, make money, contact me, strong people, small home caravan, boat, motor surf, nice cheap products Face masks cannot lawfully be enforced inside private spaces: that would be equivalent to erasing 400 years of constitutional rights in the UK.
Trump branded a 'loser' for finally wearing a mask after thousands have already diedAfter months of saying that he wouldn't wear a mask, Trump has finally decided to cover his face and protect himself from coronavirus and prevent the spread of the deadly virus. He's not a leader or a governor. He's a grifter. Period. The tongue is there for blessing and cursing. It is better to bless than to curse. D.Trump pay the Republican party member for hold him in office.?
Trump branded a 'loser' for wearing finally wearing a mask after thousands have already diedAfter months of saying that he wouldn't wear a mask, Trump has finally decided to cover his face and protect himself from coronavirus and prevent the spread of the deadly virus. Wearing finally wearing ? Better late than never. But doing it 4 months ago would have made a huge difference He fucking is!
Donald Trump wears a mask! US President makes major U-turn for hospital visitDONALD Trump has been pictured wearing a mask to protect against coronavirus in a dramatic U-turn after refusing to wear one earlier in the pandemic. A good look this picture. Permanently would be marvelous. Cretin finally gets educated. What a great moment in American history!
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