Face masks are expected to stay in supermarkets, police and NHS beyond July 19 Freedom Day – .

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Face masks are expected to stay in supermarkets, police and NHS beyond July 19 Freedom Day – .


Street giants, police and the NHS are retaining Covid-19 safeguards, including face masks, amid growing confusion over ‘Freedom Day’.

Boris Johnson removed laws requiring masks and social distancing on Monday, despite skyrocketing infection rates.

July 19 was originally billed as a release from the misery of pandemic restrictions, but many people will notice little difference.

Face masks will continue to be mandatory in many parts of the public transport network, such as the London Underground and Manchester trams.

Street giants, police and NHS retain Covid-19 safeguards, including face masks, amid growing confusion over ‘Freedom Day’

Britain’s biggest retailers, cinemas and even some pub chains say guarantees will remain in place, and police and the NHS will continue to use face masks and social distancing for staff and patients as a safety measure.

Tesco will maintain limits on the number of people allowed in stores, using a traffic light system on doors, as well as other measures.

The nation’s largest retailer also said it would “encourage” customers and staff to continue wearing face coverings for safety reasons.

The same approach is taken by Asda, Waitrose and John Lewis, Lidl, Aldi, Sainsbury’s, Waterstones and many more.

Stores will use signs and ads asking people to wear masks, but they won’t stop those who refuse.

The government replaced the legal requirement to wear masks in overcrowded situations with non-binding guidelines.

This only applies to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland now controls.

The government replaced the legal requirement to wear masks in overcrowded situations with non-binding guidelines.

England’s head nurse has ordered staff, patients and visitors to all NHS facilities to continue to wear face coverings and respect social distancing.

PM’s hint on face coverings next year

Mask-wearing advice may be needed next year, Boris Johnson hinted yesterday.

The prime minister urged people not to “warn against the wind” when legal restrictions are lifted next week.

In a pessimistic assessment, he warned that there were “difficult days and weeks ahead” as cases of Covid increased.

Mr Johnson said the current wave of infections would “unfortunately lead to more hospitalizations and deaths”.

And he pleaded with people to continue to be “careful” when restrictions ease next week.

Asked directly whether government guidelines on wearing masks would remain in place for the rest of the year, the prime minister said: “Alas, the pandemic is still with us, but we are able to ‘go ahead with caution.

“We are able to get rid of the legal restrictions, but the guidelines must remain in place, at least for the time being. ”

But he added that the successful vaccination campaign meant it was “highly likely” the worst of the pandemic was over – provided people continued to be careful.

Ruth May said: “Face coverings and social distancing measures will remain in place at all healthcare facilities so that the most vulnerable can continue to safely reach the hospital, their doctor’s office, at their pharmacy or other health facility for advice, care and treatment.

“And it’s important that the public continue to play their role when visiting the NHS and healthcare facilities to help protect our staff and patients, especially those who may be more vulnerable to infections. “

The National Council of Chiefs of Police has written to all officers telling them that “existing infection control measures” for Covid should continue.

Paddy Lillis, general secretary of the USDAW traders union, called the conflicting messages “a real mess”.

He added: “Retail staff are already facing unacceptable levels of abuse and just giving guidance on Covid security measures, instead of having the force of law behind them, will create confusion and put more workers at risk.

“Wearing a face cover is an important measure to help protect workers who have no choice but to interact with the public. “

UKHospitality, the trade body for pubs, restaurants and attractions, expects many members to maintain some virus protection measures.

Managing Director Kate Nicholls said: “Hospitality businesses have invested a lot in making their sites safe from Covid.

“Businesses and their staff will want to make sure they can continue to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for their teams and their customers. “

Adding to the confusion over the masks, it emerged yesterday that most airports would advise travelers to wear them indoors.

However, only certain airports are covered by regulations which allow them to require the wearing of masks.

Others will only be able to ask passengers to wear a mask, but will be powerless to act if they refuse.

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