Face masks will be compulsory from Tuesday in England

With the arrival of the new Covid variant Sajid Javid, UK health secretary, confirmed on the Andrew Marr programme this morning that as a response to the new Omicron variant. "mask wearing in shops and on public transport in England will be a legal requirement from Tuesday 30th November".

In the past week a heavily mutated Covid variant has been identified in South Africa and has rapidly been labelled a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organization and named Omicron. It has been detected in countries including the UK and Holland.

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Let's hope the rates of mask wearing in shops and on public transport step up as they have been falling lately with many people seeming to feel they don't need to wear them. Maybe a recent posting on Facebook noting “Omicron” is an anagram of "Moronic" suggests the cause of the reluctance!
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