Covid-19: No ‘legal compulsion’ to wear masks when restrictions lifted

Covid-19: No ‘legal compulsion’ to wear masks when restrictions lifted

Covid-19: No ‘legal compulsion’ to wear masks when restrictions lifted

There will be no “legal compulsion” to still wear facemasks when England ditches all covid restrictions, the environment secretary told Sky News. He added he will not wear his face mask when rules are scrapped. 

George Eustice said the government wants “all of the legal requirements to do things to be taken away completely” when lockdown restrictions are lifted, which is currently scheduled for 19 July.

“Whether there will still be some people who might choose to wear masks or whether it may be advisory in some settings, that’s a separate matter,” he said.

“But the objective of that final stage is to remove the legal requirement to do these things.”

Asked if he would continue to wear a face covering beyond that point, the minister replied: “I wouldn’t, no. I have to be honest, once I’m told it’s safe not to, I want to get back to normal.

“I think a lot of people will want to shed those masks.

“But while it’s contributing to controlling the pandemic, yes I will wear my mask like everybody else and do my bit.”

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