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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