The government is reportedly considering making face masks mandatory in shops, as indicated by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Wearing one in his latest outing, he went on to do a Q&A on social media where he outlined the benefits of protecting yourself with a mask.
Boris said, “As we get the virus down, in the way that we have, and we stamp out local outbreaks in the way that we are, I do think we need to be stricter in insisting that people wear face coverings in confined places. We’re looking at ways of making sure that people really do have face coverings, in shops, for example.”
The Prime Minister added, “It’s very interesting, because in places like China or Taiwan, the Far East, they don’t actually have mandatory face coverings, it’s just part of the way they do things. Clearly we don’t have that culture here in the UK, and we have to think about how we make it happen and how we make it work.”
As of now, masks are only mandatory on public transport in England, however, despite official guidelines reading that people are advised to wear them in enclosed spaces, MPs have rarely been pictured wearing one until now.
This stance from Boris Johnson comes after senior scientists urged ministers to make more of a habit of wearing masks in public, in order to set a good example.