Over four million people stopped wearing face coverings in public this summer, official figures have revealed as a senior government science adviserernement warned The Tuesday's no-mask cabinet meeting would be "toxic" to the already declining public adherence to the guidelines.
The use of Face coverings have declined since their peak in early May, when 98% of people said they wore last week when leaving home. This has dropped to 89% this month, implying that 4.5 million people in Britain have stopped wearing masks, Office for National Statistics displayed data.
ONS does not collect data on regular mask wearers, who will be fewer in number. YouGov asked if people had "worn a face mask in public placesics "over the past fortnight and found that only 61% said yes, a drop of 10 percentage points from mid-July to September 9.
In London, where masks remain mandatory on Transport for London services, compliance was around 82% in August, implying that hundreds of thousands of people were not wearing masks. However, officers didn 't wear masks. 'had only 221 people excluded from using the services and ordered 53 to leave over the following seven weeks on July 19, when broader UK mask law changed and passengers were no longer threatened lawsuits.
Finn Brennan, organizer of the Aslef union, said there were "fewer and fewer people wearing masks and ... no obvious signs of application ... the personnel feels much more at risk ”. Train passengers also complained about uneven use.
Behavior scientists and Covid mourners this week expressed their anger at the message sent by the footage of Boris Johnson and his cabinet gathering tightly around the cabinet table without masks, as the average weekly Covid death toll hits its highest level since March.
Rules requiring masks in shops, restaurants, public transport and other confined public spaces in England were dropped on July 19, but the The winter plan Covid suggests that people "wear face coverings in crowded and closed environments ". A large number of deputies were alsoseen in the House of Commons chamber not wearing a face covering.
Professor Stephen Reicher, member of the Sage Science Advisor Subcommittee of behavior and a psychologist at the University of St Andrews, said footage of a cabinet meeting without masks appearing to ignore their own advice could be "really toxic" to public confidence and buy-in.
"Messaging isn't just what you say, it's what you do and what your policies convey", he said. stated. "if these pictures create that feeling of " them and us ", which I think they do quite clearly, that's a very caustic thing.
The Akinnola lobby, which lost his father to Covid during the first wave and help organize the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group, which is urgent public appeal i investigation , said:" Many of us who have lost loved ones are extremely distressed to see wagons crowded train lines, parliamentary chambers and interior spaces with very few masks in sight.
"The government has always claimed to follow science, so why ignore- Does he now have Sage's advice? "
David Heymann, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and head of the Center on Global Health Security at Chatham House, said: “Masks are a precautionary measure and we should be prepared to use precautionary measures if there is evidence of their usefulness. The rule is:if you cannot physically distance yourself, you should wear a mask.
Lyn Jones, 69, whose husband, Gareth, died of Covid on March 1 of this year, has been confined to bed with Covid in recent days and stated that mask wearing should become mandatory again.
"My husband would be there if we had the closures before Christmas and again they are trying to do appealing to people saying you don 't have to wear a mask when it ' s the easiest thing to do, "she said." I am mad at all of this. What an example when they were all in Cabinet meeting without a mask. I've caught this since "freedom day" and it doesn't feel like freedom when you can't get out of bed. "