End all requirements to wear face coverings immediately

The Government should remove all mandates for face coverings in all public places, and advise all public authorities and businesses that this measure is no longer necessary.

This petition closed on 21 Oct 2021 with 76,241 signatures


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Recent Documents related to End all requirements to wear face coverings immediately

1. End all requirements to wear face coverings immediately
26/03/2021 - Petitions

Found: The Government should remove all mandates for face coverings in all public places, and advise all public

2. Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place and on Public Transport) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020
23/09/2020 - Secondary Legislation

Found: laid before Parliament under section 45R of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 (c. 22), for

3. Social Distancing Review: Report
05/07/2021 - Cabinet Office
- View source

Found: distancing 16 WORKING FROM HOME 18 FACE COVERINGS 20 EQUALITIES CONSIDE RATIONS 22

4. guidance for out-of-school settings providers
10/07/2021 - Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
- View source

Found: applies to: providers that fall within the government™s definition of an out- of-school setting

5. Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations 2020
23/07/2020 - Secondary Legislation

Found: laid before Parliament under section 45R of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 (c. 22), for

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Recent Speeches related to End all requirements to wear face coverings immediately

1. Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations 2020
18/09/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations - Speech Link
2: Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations - Speech Link
3: Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations - Speech Link
4: Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations - Speech Link
5: Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations - Speech Link
6: Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations - Speech Link
7: Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations - Speech Link
8: Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations - Speech Link
9: Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations - Speech Link
10: Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations - Speech Link

2. Covid-19: Masks
11/06/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review their advice on the wearing of masks in public to address - Speech Link
2: the abandonment of test and trace, reliance on Public Health England’s advice on testing and an early - Speech Link

3. Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place and on Public Transport) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020
12/10/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: the importance of taking the necessary steps to keep members of the public safe, while continuing to keep - Speech Link

4. Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings on Public Transport) (England) Regulations 2020
08/07/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: it mandatory for passengers to wear a face covering while using public transport services in England from - Speech Link

5. Covid-19 Update
06/07/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: and Social Care includes helping us to turn and face the other challenges that we know we must also address - Speech Link
2: to step 4 in England on 19 July and that the Government will make their final decision on this on 12 - Speech Link
3: will no longer be a legal requirement to wear face coverings in any setting, including public transport - Speech Link

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1. Barbecues: Public Places
asked by: Luke Pollard
09/11/2020
... whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals on banning the use of disposable barbecues in public spaces.

2. Smoking: Public Places
asked by: Mary Glindon
23/03/2021
... whether he has plans to issue guidance on differentiating between smoking and vaping in (a) the workplace and (b) other public places to help support smokers who are transitioning away from cigarettes from risk of relapse.

3. Breastfeeding: Public Places
asked by: Navendu Mishra
13/07/2021
... what steps he plans to take to tackle the recording of breastfeeding in public without consent.

4. Defibrillators: Public Places
asked by: Emma Hardy
14/07/2021
... what assessment he has made of the potential merits of making it mandatory to have defibrillators in public places.

5. Biometrics: Public Places
asked by: Chi Onwurah
29/06/2021
... what assessment he has made of the potential effect of deploying live facial recognition technology in public spaces on data protection and privacy.

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The number of deaths is currently below normal levels for the time of year and a month long plateau of cases indicates there is no imminent threat of resurgence. Furthermore, asymptomatic spread has never been proven to be a main driver of transmission. We believe that the requirement to wear face coverings is not necessary, and that all mandates for wearing them should be ended immediately.


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Government Response

Tuesday 11th May 2021

Everyone must continue to minimise the risk of further COVID-19 waves. The best way remains the wearing of face coverings together with regular hand-washing, social distancing and fresh air.


The Government is asking the public to continue to play their part and wear face coverings in order to help fight the spread of the virus, particularly as we follow the Road Map and more of the economy and society opens up. The more we all do to reduce the spread of the virus, the quicker life can return to normal.

The vaccination programme has been extremely successful so far and has had a clear impact on the spread of the virus. However, we do not yet know the precise impact of the vaccine on transmission of the virus. Even after people have had both doses of the vaccine, they may still carry and transmit COVID-19, spreading of the virus will then continue. Face coverings together with regular hand-washing and social distancing, remain a vital part of reducing transmission of the virus.

COVID-19 usually spreads by droplets from coughs, sneezes and speaking. These droplets can also be picked up from surfaces, if you touch a surface and then your face without washing your hands first. There is evidence to suggest that, when used correctly, face coverings may reduce the likelihood of someone with the infection passing it on to others, particularly if they are asymptomatic. Because face coverings are mainly intended to protect others, not the wearer, from COVID-19 they are not a replacement for social distancing and regular hand washing.

The wearing of face coverings has been required on public transport since 15 June 2020.

Since 24 July 2020, it has been mandatory for people to wear face coverings in enclosed indoor spaces, where they cannot easily socially distance, and where they come into contact with people they do not normally meet – for example in supermarkets.

In recent weeks, some lockdown restrictions have been eased and the non-essential retail sector has reopened. As footfall increases, we want to give people more confidence to shop safely and enhance protections for those who work in shops. The British Retail Consortium has said that together with other social distancing measures, face coverings can make shoppers feel even more confident about returning to the high street.

The Government has published guidance online which sets out when the public need to wear one and how they can make their own. Rightly, there are exemptions for those who are unable to wear a face covering due to age, health, disability, and other reasons. There has been an ongoing assessment as to the impacts of the Government’s policy, including on groups with protected characteristics, that has informed decision making.

The Government is running a proactive communications campaign on face coverings to alert the public where they are now required to wear a face covering, who is exempt from wearing one, and how to wear one correctly. We are actively engaging with stakeholders including disability charities to communicate new guidance to their members as well as highlighting this message to the general public on social media and via broadcasting opportunities.

We will keep advice on the use of face coverings under review, in line with the latest scientific evidence.

Department of Health and Social Care


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