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Will you still wear a face mask after ‘Freedom Day’?

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Original article from Kent Live

Kent looks set to enjoy 'Freedom Day' later this month with the scrapping of coronavirus restrictions.

The legal requirement to wear face masks will be lifted on the so-called on July 19, although guidance will suggest people might still choose to do so in crowded places.

However, reaction to the news has been mixed with experts divided on the issue as well as the public.

Read more: New Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Lidl, Aldi and Tesco rules after lockdown eases from July 19

Sajid Javid has said he plans to carry a mask “for the foreseeable future” after the Government announced their use would become voluntary at the next stage of the road map.

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The Health Secretary said it was a “responsible thing for anyone to do” as he confirmed he would continue to wear a face covering in certain situations in public.

Mr Javid told Sky News: “For the foreseeable future I will be carrying a face mask with me, I think that’s a very responsible thing for anyone to do. As I have said, the pandemic is not over.

“If I’m in a crowded or enclosed space, I will wear a face mask. In fact I will wear one if I was next to someone or near someone that felt uncomfortable with others not wearing face masks.

“And that’s what I mean by personality responsibility.”

We want to know where you stand on the issue.

What do you think of the decision to make the wearing of face masks after July 19 voluntary? And do you think Boris Johnson has made the right decision by scrapping the majority of COVID regulations in one swoop?

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Businesses can refuse to serve you without a mask after July 19

Professor Calum Semple, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said “there’s no reason” why businesses should not be able to refuse to serve customers without face masks after July 19.

He told Times Radio: “There’s no reason why businesses which have made their own assessments cannot say actually ‘If you come in here we still want you to wear a mask’.

“They can’t mandate it, but neither are businesses mandated to have to serve you, so if you run a nail bar and you want the clients to wear a face mask, you simply say ‘You have to wear a face mask if you want to get your nails done’.

“That’s a good example of some direct, personal, face-to-face contact for a good 40 minutes where you don’t want your staff breathing in what Joe Public is breathing on to you.

“There’s no reason why many businesses can’t actually just say ‘Hang on a minute, in this setting we want you to wear a face mask.

“I don’t see why public transport companies couldn’t make the same assessment.”

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