Monday July 19 marks ‘Freedom Day’ for those living in England, as the Government has decided to go ahead with the final stage of its roadmap out of lockdown.
However, since Boris Johnson’s confirmation that remaining Covid restrictions such as the wearing of masks and social distancing would be scrapped, there have been further changes to the roadmap plan, with some councils and businesses electing to keep certain rules in place for health and safety reasons.
This includes in London, where the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has asked TfL to keep the requirement to wear face coverings on public transport as a condition of travel on all TfL services after 19 July.
What are the face mask rules on the London Underground?
Anyone wishing to travel on a TfL service after Monday July 19 will need to continue to wear a face mask. There has been no date set for when this rule might be lifted or changed, although the Mayor has promised to keep the situation under review.
A statement from the Mayor of London’s office on the extension of the face mask rule on London transport reads: ‘The requirement to wear a face covering would continue to be a condition of carriage on all TfL services from July 19 when the national regulations change, and the Mayor has said we will keep this subject to ongoing review.’
‘This would provide an extra layer of protection and additional reassurance to Londoners and visitors to the capital by going further than the Government’s updated messaging that it is “expected” and “recommended” that people wear face coverings on public transport, and support our city’s economic recovery.
‘Sadiq’s decision to do this follows his repeated calls on the Government to retain the existing national legal requirement for face coverings on public transport as one in three people who have Covid do not display symptoms, and Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) evidence states that face coverings are likely to be most effective in reducing transmission indoors where social distancing is not feasible.
‘The World Health Organisation has urged that even double-vaccinated people should continue to wear face coverings in view of highly contagious variants such as Delta.’
England’s ‘Freedom Day’ comes as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK surpassed 50,000 on Friday 16 July, and SAGE experts have cautioned ministers there could be 200 deaths a day by the time the third wave hits its peak later this summer.
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