face masks will be matter of ‘personal choice’ after July 19

Face masks will be scrapped on Freedom Day on July 19, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has confirmed.

Boris Johnson’s minister said wearing the masks be a personal choice and that “the state won’t be telling you what to do”.

He told Sky News’ Trevor Phillips On Sunday programme he would stop wearing a mask.

He said: “Like many people, I want to get away from these restrictions as quickly as I possibly can and we don’t want them to stay in place for a day longer than is necessary.

“I think we are going to now move into a period where there won’t be legal restrictions, the state won’t be telling you what to do, but you will want to exercise a degree of personal responsibility and judgment – different people will come to different conclusions on things like masks, for example.

“The Prime Minister will set out more detail on the national policy on some of those restrictions in the coming days.

“But there will be things we all definitely need to do – it will be essential that every adult gets fully vaccinated.”

Pressed on whether he would “get rid” of his mask after July 19 if permitted to do so, Mr Jenrick said: “I will. I don’t particularly want to wear a mask. I don’t think a lot of people enjoy doing it.”

The one-metre plus rule, QR codes in bars, restrictions on mass gatherings and some self-isolation rules will also end, according to reports. 

Mass events, including festivals, will also be allowed under the proposals for the final stage of the road map out of lockdown, according to the Sunday Times. 

The Government also expects to receive the results of the taskforce reviews into the use of so-called vaccine passports and the future of social distancing to be made available this week, the Sunday Express said.