Sajid Javid caused a backlash from the Commons backbench MP this afternoon when the government said it would recommend the use of face masks in crowded indoor environments.
The Minister of Health made a recommendation when he announced the government’s winter Covid plan. He also added that people should meet outdoors or in a well-ventilated area, if possible.
Javid said this winter, people should “wear face masks in a crowded, closed space where they come into contact with people they don’t usually meet.”
He also suggested that people should meet outdoors, “trying to meet outdoors when possible or take in fresh air when needed to be indoors.”
Some lawmakers were dissatisfied with the proposal and heard audible jealousy at the House of Commons.
The Minister of Health also told MP that the government is preparing “Plan B”, which includes some emergency measures to deal with the Covid-19 surge.
Such measures may include mandatory use of face coverings, introduction of Covid vaccine passports, and requiring people to work from home.
“A responsible government needs to be prepared for all contingencies,” said Havid, who spoke of the heckler.
It will come later Me Boris Johnson has revealed that the general public is ready to introduce stricter restrictions unless they follow Covid’s guidance.
Boris Johnson, along with UK Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Officer Patrick Vallance, will host a press conference around 3:30 pm today.
The Prime Minister will use this address to embody the Wintercovid Plan outlined by the Minister of Health.
In front of the presser, Johnson said: “The pandemic isn’t over yet, but thanks to our amazing vaccine program, new treatments and tests, we can live with the virus without seriously limiting our freedom.
“Today, I protect the benefits we have achieved by making clear plans for the fall and winter when the virus will naturally benefit.”
This is the first time the Prime Minister has released the latest information on pandemics since he relaxed the blockage restrictions in July.