The government will issue guidance stating that people will still be “expected to wear masks in indoor, enclosed places” even after all legal lockdown restrictions are lifted from July 19, UK Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said on Sunday.
The senior Cabinet minister also expressed confidence that the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be able to confirm the July 19 timeline for the last stage of his lockdown easing roadmap on Monday despite a surge in infections, as hospitalisations remain low amid the mass vaccination drive.
“I think it is important that we remain cautious and careful and the guidelines that we will set out tomorrow will demonstrate that, including guidelines that people are expected to wear masks in indoor, enclosed spaces,” Zahawi told ‘Sky News’.
“We’re moving from ‘you must’ to ‘you are expected’ to wear a mask in indoor spaces,” he told the BBC.
It comes after UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid told ‘The Sunday Telegraph’ that anyone who would not wear a mask in an enclosed space was “just being irresponsible”.
A final decision on England’s path out of restrictions is expected to be taken on Monday and Boris Johnson is suffering a backlash over his plans to ditch all the rules on wearing face masks.