Last week, Boris Johnson and new Health Secretary Sajid Javid insisted that face coverings would be a “personal choice” after so-called “freedom day” on July 19.
But speaking to Sky News on Sunday, Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi said the link between infections and hospitalizations had been “severely weakened”, adding: “It is important that we remain cautious and cautious and the guidelines that we Define tomorrow will demonstrate this, including guidelines that people are expected to wear masks in indoor confined spaces and of course remain vigilant with their hands and face. “
It comes after the Prime Minister was pictured sitting in his car without wearing a face mask.
Mr Zahawi also said it was “the tough jobs” when asked if vaccination rates were slowing.
He told Trevor Phillips on Sky News on Sunday: ‘What we need to make sure is that the virus becomes desperate and tries to infect people, mutate and be able to survive, we have to continue to fortify the nation with it. a vaccination program because that’s how we move it from pandemic to endemic status. “
Mr Johnson ditched his face mask on the chauffeured ride home after England’s Euro 2020 win, the Mirror reported on Friday.
He was pictured leaving Wembley Stadium without a cover in the back of his ministerial Range Rover despite his driver, security guards and even wife Carrie wearing masks.
Labor criticized the Prime Minister, saying it showed “that he never took this pandemic seriously” and that he made “no sense”.
Until July 19, face masks are required by law in taxis and private hire cars in England – with fines of £ 200 for not wearing one without exemption.
Meanwhile, Mr Zahawi dismissed a Sunday Times story that suggested the interval between receiving two doses of the Covid vaccine could be reduced to four weeks.
“Real-world data, clinical data suggests that in fact the eight-week interval offers this extra fortification in terms of protection with both doses, much better than shortening the interval further. “
He said those most severely affected by the coronavirus were now those who had not been vaccinated.
The government was looking for ways to tweak the NHS app, Zahawi said.
He said, “The team is looking at how we use this app to alert people to those around them who are positive. “
And he added: “It’s important to look at this in a new context of this massive immunization program and make sure it is fit for this new world, including, for example, being able to take maybe five days. , as we piloted it. , lateral flow tests and upload them to the system rather than having to self-isolate. “