A Cabinet Minister has said that wearing face masks are set to be scrapped on 19 July along with other Covid restrictions.
The Environment Secretary, George Eustice said once there is no legal restriction to wear a face mask, he is looking forward to ditching his.
Eustice said that the Prime Minister believes the “data looks good” in allowing the removal of the final restrictions.
Eustice told Sky News, “What we want to do on the 19th of July, and the Prime Minister said that the data looks good to be able to have that end, is to remove all of the legal restrictions.
“That’s all of the legal requirements to do things to be taken away completely.
“Now, whether there will still be some people who might choose to wear masks or whether it may be advisory in some settings, that’s a separate matter.
“But the objective of that final stage is to remove the legal requirement to do these things.”
Eustice was asked if he would still wear a mask once restrictions end, he said, “I wouldn’t, no.
“I have to be honest, once I’m told that it’s safe not to, I want to get back to normal. I think a lot of people will want to shed those masks.”
The Environment Secretary said the government’s “plan is” that on 19 July “the legal requirement to have a face mask is taken away.”
Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Eustice was asked a “separate question” about whether “there may be some guidance that on certain settings like the Underground it might make sense to still wear it.”
He said, “That’s obviously a judgment we will take at the time, but the objective in this final stage is to remove the legal requirement to have one.”
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