Boris hints at making people wear masks in shops saying ‘we have to be stricter’ as he’s seen wearing one for 1st time


BORIS Johnson has hinted that he WILL make people wear masks in shops in future – saying that the Government needs to be “stricter” in making people wearing them.

Masks have been mandatory on public transport since June 15 but only 21 fines have been dished out by police.

It came as the PM was snapped wearing a bright blue face mask for the first time as he visited his Uxbridge constituency.

It’s currently only advised for people to wear them in shops and in other enclosed spaces – where people cannot stay 2m apart.

Anyone not wearing one on a train, bus or other form of public transport can be fined £100.

Last week TFL and National Rail were given powers to enforce the fines, after nudges and reminders were deemed to not be effective in making people wear them.

The PM said today during a ‘People’s PMQs’ session with the public in Downing Street: “We need to be stricter in insisting people wear face coverings in confined places when meeting people they don’t normally meet.

“So that’s why it’s mandatory already on public transport, and we’re looking at ways of making sure that people really do observe when you do have face coverings in shops for instance where … there is a risk of transmission.”

However, he added that he does not think that the public will wear face coverings all the time.

We need to be stricter in insisting people wear face coverings in confined places when meeting people they don’t normally meet.

And he added that more information was coming all the time, saying: “You’re right in what you say the balance of scientific opinion seems to have shifted more in favour of them than it was.

“We are very keen to follow that.”

But he stressed that hand washing was even more important and effective in controlling the virus.

Matt Hancock told Times Radio this evening: “The rules are really clear.

“If you are in an NHS setting, you need to wear a mask. If you are on public transport, you need to wear a mask.

“If you are in shops, it’s recommended in some shops, but it isn’t mandatory.”

However, he also stressed that it wasn’t necessary to wear one as long as people “don’t linger” near each other.

The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, was blasted earlier this week for not wearing one when serving customers dinner in Wagamama to promote his new Eat Out to Help Out scheme announced in the mini budget.

Police were pictured speaking to people without an appropriate coverings in Underground stations earlier this week.

Yesterday Transport Secretary Grant Shapps revealed 18,037 passengers had been reminded to wear one, while 817 people were asked to leave the network for refusing. 

TFL have also prevented 3000 people from getting on London buses for not wearing a mask. 

Mr Shapps tweeted: “REMINDER: unless exempt, wearing a face-covering is MANDATORY on public transport. Compliance rate near 90% with @BTPreminding 18,037 passengers, 817 ‘leave network’ directions & 21 fixed penalties notices issued + @TfL stopped 3,000 from getting on buses. Let’s protect everyone.”

Signs in stations, posters and public announcements remind the public to wear a mask.

This morning Culture minister Caroline Dinenage said she wears a mask “all the time” after she was quizzed on why more senior ministers had not been seen with a mask.

Matt Hancock and Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden are thought to be just two of the senior ministers to be seen in public with one on.

Sadiq Khan has urged the Government to force people to wear masks inside shops, but the UK Government has not yet agreed.

In response to a question about people shielding returning to work, the PM said he did not want to lock the whole country down again, and siad it would likely be just local ones in future.

He said: “I don’t want to do another national lockdown – it’s something that obviously, theoretically, we have to keep in reserve.

“But big, horizontal measures that affect the whole country, I think that because of the local approach that we’re able to take I think we’re moving beyond that.


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