Jul 13, 2020

Wearing masks in shops a 'reasonable' measure, says Waterstones boss

Making the wearing of face masks in shops in England compulsory would be a "Reasonable measure", the boss of the Waterstones book chain has said. Mr Daunt told the BBC's Today Programme: "On public transport wearing a mask seems sensible. If the science backs it, then it is a perfectly reasonable thing, and I think people will become more familiar with shopping." Linda Bauld, professor of public health at the University of Edinburgh, told the Today programme that evidence now suggests that wearing masks in confined spaces makes a difference. "Enforcement needn't be heavy-handed. Requiring people to wear masks in shops will give that little extra nudge and make it much clearer for the general public," she said. On Sunday, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said there were no immediate plans to make masks in shops compulsory but said the government reserved the right to make it law if scientific advice changed.

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