Housing Minister Robert Jenrick told Sky News: “I don’t particularly want to wear a mask, I don’t think many people would like to do that.
“We’re going to move into a phase, though, where these will be matters of personal choice and so some members of society will want to do so for perfectly good reasons.” , but it will be a different period when we as private citizens make these judgments more accurately than Jenrick added.
The UK government is currently considering whether to lift all remaining restrictions on social contact by 19 July. The government’s new Health Secretary Sajid Javid has signaled that he wants to ease the restrictions. coronavirus restrictions.
“We are on track for July 19 and we have to be honest with everyone about the fact that we cannot eliminate Covid,” Javid wrote in an article for the Mail on Sunday this weekend.
“We also need to be clear that cases will increase significantly. I know many people will be cautious about easing restrictions – that’s completely understandable. But there’s no date we’ve chosen. will come without risk, so we have to accept the big picture and balance. We will have to learn to accept the existence of Covid and find ways to deal with it – just like we did. with the flu.”
“The rules we had to put in place have caused an incredible increase in domestic violence and a terrible impact on the mental health of so many people,” Javid said.
Jenrick told Sky News Prime Minister Boris Johnson is looking at the data “very positively” ahead of his decision on the next step in Britain’s coronavirus kill route.
“It looks like we can now move forward and move into a much more permissive regime where we remove many of the restrictions that have been so hard on us,” he added.
Despite criticism for slow lockdowns and mask-wearing requirements at the start of the pandemic, the UK has since been heralded about the rollout of its Covid-19 vaccine.
However, the British Medical Association (BMA) doctors’ union has urged the government to maintain some Covid safety measures beyond July 19 in the UK amid an increase in the number of cases.
The BMA said in a press release on Saturday: “Weekly cases in the UK are up 74% from the previous seven days, while hospital admissions in the UK with Covid-19 have increased by 55% from the previous week. “.
One of the Covid safety measures the union calls for is the constant requirement to wear masks in enclosed public spaces, such as public transport and shops.
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chairman of the BMA board, said: “We have made excellent progress with both our vaccination campaign and individual action from people across the country over the past 18 months, and the Government absolutely must not throw this away at this important time.” .
“While the vaccination program continues at a rapid pace, a significant proportion of the population remains unvaccinated or partially immunized. This includes those who cannot be vaccinated or some Few people vaccinated will not be effective.
“All people vaccinated before July 19 will not be properly protected if it takes about two weeks after the second dose to produce maximum immunity. This means we still have some left. way to protect enough population from this terrible disease to control its spread,” added Nagpaul.
Asked about the BMA’s call to uphold the requirement to wear face masks, NHS England’s National Chief Medical Officer Stephen Powis told the BBC’s Andrew Marr program on Sunday he did not want to “speculate” in advance. any government announcements.
“I think some people will choose to be more cautious, some people may choose to wear a mask under specific circumstances in a crowded environment, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing… Reducing infections is a good thing to keep.” he added.