Face coverings have been compulsory on public transport since June 15 and, last Friday, Scotland ordered shoppers to wear them.I've driven past buses where the passengers onboard are clearly wearing them....round their necks, having pulled them down to speak to companions as soon as they have got on. The same has been reported all over the Tube and rail network.
The move may anger those who find them uncomfortable or dislike the idea of state compulsion.Only 'may'...?
The move follows days of confusion about the Government’s stance on the issue.
On Sunday, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said that while it was ‘basic good manners’ to wear masks in shops it would not be made compulsory.
He said it was ‘always better to trust to people’s common sense’.Sadly, we don't have him as leader of the party. We apparently have a weak-willed, vacillating fool who listens to ... well, who? Not the scientists, clearly.
Or only when they say something he agrees with...
In March, deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries said wearing a mask could ‘trap the virus’ and cause the person wearing it to breathe it in.
‘For the average member of the public walking down a street, it is not a good idea [to wear a face mask],’ she added.
But scientists have changed their view as evidence of the risk of asymptomatic and airborne transmission has grown. Officials now believe that face coverings can help stop people spreading the virus, particularly when they do not know they have it.I thought we were only supposed to believe science that was settled..? If we are supposed to believe them on climate change, anyway.
The move is part of a wider push to open up the economy and give consumers confidence to go out and spend.By making it harder and more difficult for people to do so?