‘Very sensible’ to wear masks in small shops, justice secretary says
Justice secretary Robert Buckland has said he wears a face covering inside small shops and carries one with him, amid growing pressure on the government to make their use mandatory.
When asked on BBC Breakfast, Buckland said: “Yes I do, I carry one with me. I think outside is one thing, with social distancing, but a small shop I think is a very sensible place to wear a covering, and it protects people working in the shop, and also anybody else who you might come into contact with.”
The minister also said he thought it would be “absolutely sensible” to wear a mask in a busy supermarket but insisted people had the “good sense” to make their own judgement on the issue.
Despite Boris Johnson’s recent suggestion the government could get “stricter”, Michael Gove said he didn’t think face coverings should be compulsory in shops in England, saying on Sunday that it was a matter best left to common sense and “good manners”.