Speaking to SKY News this morning, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said that he’ll continue to wear a face covering after June 21st, to help reduce the spread of minor ailments like the common cold. Buckland told SKY’s Gillian Joseph:
“There will be a certain sense I think, for a lot of us, to carry on wearing masks. I for one think you know, if I’ve got a cold or a minor ailment, I think wearing a mask is the right thing to do because I don’t want to spread my cold to somebody else.”
The presenter asked him to confirm that after June 2st, when facemasks are expected to be scrapped that he would continue to wear one anyway. Buckland said:
“If I’ve got a runny nose and I’m still able to get out there and work, I think wearing a mask is not a bad idea to reduce the spread of even the common cold.”
The UK’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance, have said on a number of occasions that wearing facemasks may very well become the norm during wintertime.
Psychologists and behavioural experts have been telling UK journalists for weeks, that restrictions to deal with covid-19 may lead to significant societal changes and that mask wearing could well become the norm.
Speaking to the BBC back in March, Mary Ramsay, the head of immunisation at Public Health England said that wearing face coverings and social distancing may be with us for years.
She said “people have got used to those lower-level restrictions now, and people can live with them, and the economy can still go on with those less severe restrictions in place”.
“So I think certainly for a few years, at least until other parts of the world are as well vaccinated as we are, and the numbers have come down everywhere, that is when we may be able to go very gradually back to a more normal situation,” she added.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said that he hopes people will continue to wear masks on public transport, even after all restrictions have been lifted.
It’s not about a virus. It’s the imposition of a new normal.