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Face masks will be a ‘personal choice’ under ‘much more permissive regime’ of COVID measures

Written by on 04/07/2021

There will be a “much more permissive regime” of coronavirus measures in England after 19 July – with the wearing of face masks a “personal choice”, a minister has told Sky News.

Speaking to Trevor Phillips on Sunday, Robert Jenrick said the success of the UK’s COVID-19 vaccination programme means the government is “able to think about how we can return to normality as much as possible”.

The housing secretary added: “The data that we’re seeing, that the prime minister’s reviewing at the moment ahead of his decision point on the roadmap, looks very positive.

“It does seem as if we can now move forward and move to a much more permissive regime where we move away from many of those restrictions that have been so difficult and learn to live with the virus.”

Asked about reports that the wearing of face masks will no longer be mandatory after 19 July – when step four of England’s roadmap out of COVID restrictions is currently scheduled to take place – Mr Jenrick said: “Like many people, I want to get away from these restrictions as quickly as I possibly can. We don’t want them to stay in place for a day longer than is necessary.

“We are going to now move into a period where there won’t be legal restrictions – the state won’t be telling you what to do – but you will want to exercise a degree of personal responsibility and judgement.

“So different people will come to different conclusions on things like masks, for example.”

He added it would be a matter of “personal choice”.

 Sky News

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