Sir Desmond Swayne said he was scandalized the policy announced overnight by the Westminster government that anyone entering shops in England will have to wear a face covering – or risk a fine of up to £ 100.
He said that many of his New Forest constituents were also affected by the new law which came into force on July 24, which is already in effect in Scotland and around 120 other countries.
The ministers were accused of sending mixed messages in recent days to find out if the masks to stop COVID-19[feminine[feminine the growth of infections would become mandatory.
Cabinet Minister Michael Gove said on Sunday it was “better to trust common sense,” but Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a day later that “People should wear them” in stores.
Putting his anger into parliament on Tuesday, Sir Desmond said: “Nothing would make me less likely to go shopping than the idea of having to hide myself.
“Has this consultation taken place with the police, especially the Hampshire Chief Constable, because it is she who will have to impose this monstrous tax on myself and a number of indignant and reluctant citizens?” “
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said to MP: “Balancing the need to limit the spread virus while allowing a gentleman’s old freedoms to go shopping is a difficult balance to find.
“We felt that the best way to hit him was to allow a man to go shopping but to ask him to wear a face mask.
“The enforcement is for the police, but I think the enforcement will be largely done by the British people themselves, who have been remarkable in their strength in abiding by these rules, even if they can be frustrating taxation. “
The debate over whether to encourage or tell people to wear masks has been going on for months.
England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty told Sky News in early March that “wearing a mask if you don’t have an infection reduces the risk almost not at all”.
But since then, and after more than 44,000 deaths in the UK, Johnson said it was now established that people wearing masks added “great value” to controlling the spread of the coronavirus.