Boris Johnson recently hinted that compulsory face coverings are under review as he called for “stricter measures”. But YouGov pollster Chris Curtis has revealed only a fraction of the UK population are regularly wearing face coverings compared to the US and European countries such as France, Italy and Spain. Downing Street is understood to be looking at the issue, amid suggestions new rules could be introduced within a few weeks.
Speaking to BBC Newsnight, Mr Curtis explained: “Many of the public I’m sure would support wearing masks.
“The fact is that at this stage, most of them aren’t doing so.
“In our most recent poll, 36 percent of the British public said they were regularly wearing masks when they were in public places.
“When we compare that to the research we’ve done in other parts of the world, it’s a fraction of what we’re seeing in the US.
“It’s a fraction of what we’re seeing in comparable European countries like France, Italy and Spain.”
Boris Johnson was pictured wearing a mask in public yesterday
New polling data shows only 36% of Brits are wearing masks regularly
Face coverings are currently compulsory on public transport and in hospitals in England, but are only advised in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing is not possible and where “you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet”.
In Scotland, people are now legally obliged to wear face coverings inside shops and on public transport.
The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics suggested more than half (52 percent) of adults in Britain who left their home in the week before being surveyed had worn a face covering.
The survey was conducted between July 2-5 and is up from the previous week, when 43 percent reported doing so.
YouGov’s Chris Curtis explained only a fraction of the UK are wearing face coverings
Earlier this week, the World Health Organisation acknowledged there is “emerging evidence” that COVID-19 could be spread through particles in the air.
While the president of the Royal Society, Professor Venki Ramakrishnan, said everyone should wear a face coverings in public to reduce the risk of a second wave of COVID- 19 infections.
It comes Non-essential shops in England reopened to the public on June 15, and hairdressers, pubs and restaurants resumed business last Saturday.
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However the number of customers in shops and cafes is only around half its pre-COVID level, and on Wednesday the government slashed value-added tax and announced other incentives to boost domestic tourism and encourage people to visit restaurants.
Mr Johnson has been pictured wearing a face covering while visiting businesses in his constituency on Friday.
The Prime Minister wrote on Twitter: “It was great to visit some local businesses in Uxbridge today, and see how they’ve been working hard to make their premises Covid-19 Secure.
“If you’re out this weekend be sure to follow the guidelines on social distancing.”