The Freedom Association responds to the Government's announcement on the compulsory wearing of face coverings in shops and supermarkets

Commenting on the Government's announcement on the compulsory wearing of face masks in shops and supermarkets, Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns of The Freedom Association, said: 

"The messaging from the Government on the wearing of face coverings has been inconsistent and confusing. On 3rd April, at the height of the pandemic, England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Jonathan Van-Tam said that 'there is no evidence that general wearing of the face masks by the public who are well affects the spread of the disease.' What has changed? 

"Forcing people to wear face coverings, with those not complying facing a fine of up to £100, is a draconian step too far. Over the last four months, a majority of shoppers have not been wearing face coverings in supermarkets, and the number of cases of Covid-19 has been gradually decreasing. 

"The Government must publish the evidence it is basing its decision on, otherwise it will lose the trust of the British public." 



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Andrew Allison
Head of Campaigns
Tel: 07803 741104 


The Freedom Association (TFA) is a non-partisan, centre-right, classically liberal pressure group. We believe in the freedom of the individual in all aspects of life to as great an extent as possible. As such, we seek to challenge all erosion of civil liberties and campaign in support of individual liberty, freedom of expression, and free markets. 

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  • Giles Hudson
    commented 2020-07-15 15:34:23 +0100
    Bill, the advice globally via the WHO originally was that face masks would not be of benefit. That advice has now changed and the Government is responding accordingly.
    As for the 10 days, I assume that this is so that they can implement it in law. It is already advised practice now but will be legal to do from next Friday.
  • Bill Walker
    commented 2020-07-14 20:31:42 +0100
    Agree, why didn’t they do it from the start and why wait another 10 days before implementing it?