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Face coverings should be mandatory from today, not in a fortnight’s time

Shadow Covid Recovery Minister Darren Millar MS has welcomed the First Minister’s announcement that face coverings will become mandatory from July 27 – a move Welsh Conservatives have repeatedly called for – but questioned why it is not being introduced immediately.

Mr Millar said:

“The mandatory wearing of face coverings on public transport and in shops in Wales was a key element of our 10-point plan published last week. 

“The First Minister and his Cabinet must produce the scientific evidence – if it exists – to justify introducing them two weeks from now rather than with immediate effect and why only on public transport. 

“Lockdown is being eased, life is returning to a ‘new normal’, but we must still take every precaution to avoid a second wave of cases, and making wearing facemasks mandatory from today may go some way to achieving this – but only if brought in now.”

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