Will you wear a mask after July 19? Shields Gazette readers have their say

Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed at a press conference that a legal requirement to wear face coverings will be lifted in line with step 4 of the Government’s roadmap.

Monday, 5th July 2021, 5:13 pm

At present, face coverings must be worn in a number of settings in England – unless a person has a valid exemption – including on public transport, in shops and before being seated in hospitality venues.

From step four there will be no legal requirement to wear them – although guidance will suggest people might choose to do so in “enclosed and crowded places”.

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We asked if you would continue to wear one, if voluntary, after Freedom Day.

Here are some of your comments from the Shields Gazette Facebook page:

Geoff Bartle: “I would prefer face coverings to remain compulsory for most people on public transport and in shops etc till the virus rates drop to a low level.”

Annelise Hamilton: “I may stop wearing one when I'm fully vaccinated but have no idea when I'm getting my second jab. Just a wait and see situation for me.”

Readers have been sharing their views on the use of face coverings after 'Freedom Day' on July 19. Picture: Oli Scarff /AFP via Getty Images.
Readers have been sharing their views on the use of face coverings after 'Freedom Day' on July 19. Picture: Oli Scarff /AFP via Getty Images.

Carolyn Scott: “I think wearing one should carry on. Let's face it, do you want everyone to cough and sneeze over you when you have protected yourself for so long?”

Valerie Nichol: “Yes, up to each individual to keep themselves and others safe. I will wear my mask when I think it’s needed, will still keep my distance and obviously keep my hands clean.”

Samantha Hodson: “Probably, especially in winter, keeps your face lush and warm. Plus no having to put your face on to go shopping.”

Gloria Dixon: “I will definitely be wearing mine not just to protect myself but to protect others.”

Kevin Leary: “Yes, we have to learn to live with it, avoid tight crowding and use your common sense.”

Brian Eggleston: “It should be voluntary but I hope many people will opt to wear masks in enclosed public spaces anyway.”

Kerry Steele: “I'd say hand hygiene is more important than anything.”

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