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Londoners told to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces and on public transport

Masks, coverings and scarves suggested in government document outlining the ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown

Written by
Laura Richards

After weeks of ambiguity, Londoners finally have an answer to the question: should I be wearing a face mask in public

In a 60-page document called Our Plan to Rebuild – which has been released as a follow-up to the prime minister’s address to the nation last night (Sunday May 10) – the government has shared the next steps for the UK to come out of lockdown. And within the document, guidelines have been given on the wearing of face masks and coverings in public. 

Although it’s still not enforced in public, the government advice is now to ‘aim’ to wear a form of face covering in busy and enclosed public spaces, which would mean public transport in London, as well as in busy supermarkets and shops.  

‘As more people return to work, there will be more movement outside people’s immediate household. This increased mobility means the government is now advising that people should aim to wear a face-covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible and they come into contact with others that they do not normally meet, for example on public transport or in some shops,’ says the document. 

Our Plan to Rebuild also outlines best practices for people when going outdoors, moving around and then coming back inside, stating that people should avoid crowds, keep their hands and face as clean as possible, keep indoor places as well ventilated as possible and wash their clothes regularly.      

Find all 60 pages of guidelines here

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