These comments were welcomed by the shadow secretary of health, Jonathan Ashworth, who urged the government to quickly conclude its review of face masks “in order to provide the necessary solid and clear guidance.”
“It is welcome to the ministers who are once again examining the international evidence and best practices on masks,” he tweeted. “There is an emerging consensus on face masks that play an important role in places beyond public transportation and hospitals. People just want clarity from the government. “He called on the ministers to provide face masks for the people of Leicester and those living in other areas who are in a local containment area.
On Saturday, former Conservative Secretary of Health Jeremy Hunt called a simple message from the government and said he preferred to wear masks in stores.
“I understand public health advice, that if there is a risk of being within 2 meters of someone, then you should wear it but if you don’t have to,” said the chair of the House of Commons health and social services committee. said BBC Radio 4’s Today program.
“But that doesn’t answer the basic question, which is:” If I’m shopping, should I wear a mask or not? ”
“And I think with public health advice in the event of a pandemic, you just need simplicity, so I would prefer to say that we should wear face masks in stores.”
Minister of Crime and Police Services Kit Malthouse, when asked about face covers, said there was a “common sense element” in wearing masks.
“We learn as we go along and our response must be agile, and if science evolves towards masks as a good mitigation in circumstances where you cannot maintain the 2 meters [social distancing], so obviously the government will look into this and make a recommendation on how people should behave, “he told Times Radio Breakfast.
“But to be perfectly honest with you, you know, certainly most of the people I talk to, there is a kind of common sense. ”
Friday, face cover became mandatory in Scottish stores, but people don’t have to wear it in stores in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.
Masks are mandatory on public transport in England, and official guidelines state that people should also wear them in shops and other confined spaces.
Top scientists urged ministers to wear masks in public more often to set a good example.
Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, was photographed without a mask while serving a meal to customers in a restaurant after his low budget this week, and he was also photographed banging elbows with people in greeting.
Johnson was pictured wearing a public for the first time on Friday while visiting companies in his riding of Uxbridge.
In a question-and-answer session on social media the same day, the Prime Minister said: “As we reduce the virus, as we have done, and eliminate local epidemics as we do. are, I think we have to be more strict in insisting that people wear masks in confined spaces. “