Sunday 11 July 2021 / 10:37 AM Health / Jonathan Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth responds to Sajid Javid comments that it would be ‘irresponsible’ not to wear a mask in crowded spaces

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to Sajid Javid comments that it would be ‘irresponsible’ not to wear a mask in crowded spaces, said:

“Given Sajid Javid now considers it irresponsible to not wear masks then it would be equally irresponsible for his government to carry on with the plan to lift mask requirements while infections are heading to 100,000 a day.

“Reopening the economy must be done in a safe and sustainable way.

“That means continued mask wearing, support for increased ventilation standards in premises, decent sick pay, allowing people to continue working from home and ensuring all can access testing rather than introducing charges for lateral flow tests as Sajid Javid now proposes.”