Readers were split on whether masks should be required on public transportation.
Sadiq Khan’s decision that mask-wearing will be necessary on Transport for London (TfL) after ‘Freedom Day’ on July 19 has divided readers.
According to a poll conducted by This website, enforcing mask-wearing on public transportation across the UK would elicit equal amounts of fury and thanks. Scientists and Labour Party members have slammed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to lift all Covid restrictions on July 19 due to the Delta variant’s high rate of transmission and the country’s quickly increasing instances.
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, decided to take matters into his own hands by establishing a new TfL corporate policy that allows employees to refuse service to passengers who are not wearing a mask.
Other cities have begun to follow suit, with Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham announcing on Monday that masks will remain required on Metrolink trams and at Manchester Airport.
“We are still in the midst of a pandemic, and we must think in terms of public safety rather than individual freedom or personal responsibility,” Mayor Burnham remarked.
Customers will be required to wear masks after July 19, according to major retailers such as Sainsbury’s and Waterstones.
As a result, this website asked the following question to its readers: Should masks be required by law on all UK public transportation after July 19?
The poll, which ran from 05:39 p.m. on July 14 to 01:01 p.m. on July 15, had 1,200 responses from readers who couldn’t have been more divided.
After July 19, 53% of the participants said masks should stay necessary on all UK transportation, while 47% said they should not.
“Why on earth would anyone refuse, common sense for personal safety is obviously needed,” one reader, K69tie, said.
“Of course they should be worn on public transportation and in stores!” said Robert180650. The fool in charge of the country is abdicating responsibility with his buffoon ministers.”
Others, on the other hand, wished to maintain the option of wearing a mask on public transportation open as of Monday.
“The ability to make such decisions should be taken away from Khan,” one reader, Durfel, said.
“Well done Khan, the man who bankrupted all of London’s businesses,” Enkidu stated.
When asked if they felt safer utilizing public transportation when masks are required, 53 percent replied yes and 45 percent said no. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”