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George Eustice vows to ditch face masks as soon as they are not compulsory

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‘I want to get back to normal’: George Eustice vows to ditch face masks as soon as they are not compulsory as he says ‘all legal restrictions’ are set to go on July 19

A Cabinet minister today insisted he will ditch face masks the moment they are not compulsory – saying that should be July 19.

George Eustice dismissed the idea he would keep wearing face coverings when they are not required, saying: ‘I want to get back to normal.’

He also reiterated that the plan is for ‘all legal restrictions’ to lift in England on the so-called Covid ‘Freedom Day’ next month.

Nicola Sturgeon suggested earlier this week that the Scottish government could keep advising people to wear masks beyond August even if they are not mandatory. 

George Eustice dismissed the idea he would keep wearing face coverings when they are not required, saying: ‘I want to get back to normal.’

In a round of interviews this morning, Mr Eustice accepted that some people might want to continue with face coverings and they could be ‘advisory in some settings’.

‘Well, what we want to do on July 19, and the Prime Minister said that the data looks good to be able to have that end, is to remove all of the legal restrictions,’ he told Sky News.

‘That’s all of the legal requirements to do things, to be taken away completely.

‘Now, whether there will still be some people who might choose to wear masks or whether it may be advisory in some settings, that’s a separate matter.

‘But the objective of that final stage is to remove the legal requirement to do these things.’

Asked if he would still wear a mask once restrictions end, Mr Eustice said: ‘I wouldn’t, no.

‘I have to be honest, once I’m told that it’s safe not to, I want to get back to normal. I think a lot of people will want to shed those masks. ‘

In a round of interviews this morning, Mr Eustice accepted that some people might want to continue with face coverings and they could be 'advisory in some settings'

In a round of interviews this morning, Mr Eustice accepted that some people might want to continue with face coverings and they could be ‘advisory in some settings’

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