Will you wear a mask after July 19? Hartlepool Mail 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 four of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.
Mr Johnson gave some further detail on Monday, July 5 of what to expect from England’s so-called Freedom Day, which could fall in a fortnight’s time on July 19.
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”.
We asked if you would continue to wear one, if voluntary, after Freedom Day.
Here are some of your comments from the Hartlepool Mail Facebook page:
Nidge Gladstone: “I kept my part of the deal getting the vaccine, I’m told I can still catch it and pass it on … I won’t be wearing a mask unless asked to by an establishment.
Gayle Audrey Williams: “It should be mandatory on public transport, in doctors surgeries and hospital waiting rooms.”
Julie Murphy: “I think we should keep wearing the them until everyone has had both vaccines.”
Clarelou Bartles-Smith: “Each to their own.”
Chunk Swanson: “We have been doing it for ages now so just keep it going, because if we stop putting them on and the numbers go up and up we will have to wear them all over again.”
Matty Hunt: “If you've had the jab why do you need a mask?”
Michael Andrew Johnson: “Does Covid know it’s ‘Freedom Day’? Time to go away? No! So I’ll still be wearing my mask.”
Matty Dawkins: “Some people think that it already is!”
Tracey Preston: “I won't be wearing one, good riddance to them.”
Jan Conner: “No. Actually I think it’s voluntary now, the amount of people who don't wear one.”
Odette Shaw: “Yes because there are still a lot of people who do not wear a mask and some people are not wearing a mask properly anyway.”