Hello. Sajid Javid, the health secretary, gave a morning interview this morning, and was asked why Conservative ministers and MPs are so reluctant to wear masks. That’s because when they’re in Westminster they’re not with strangers, he said. That’s what he told Sky News when asked why no one wore a mask during yesterday’s crowded cabinet meeting.
It fits perfectly with what the Prime Minister said yesterday and what I said yesterday because what we said is that people should consider wearing masks in crowded places when they are with them. strangers, when they are with people with whom they normally spend time.
And he used the same argument when asked why so few Conservative MPs wear masks in the House of Commons (even though parliamentary officials say wearing a mask is “strongly advised” there). He told Times Radio:
I think people should just use their judgment. Be reasonable. If you’re in crowded places with poor ventilation with strangers, people you just don’t know, people should consider wearing a mask and we’ve been clear about that since July.
But similarly, if you are with people you are with on a regular basis and most people are vaccinated, or have good reason to believe they are, you may want to take a different approach.
The government’s Fall-Winter Covid Plan (pdf) released yesterday advises wearing a face covering “in overcrowded, closed places where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet”.
But the Labor Party mocked Javid for suggesting that people might not catch Covid from someone they know. This comes from the deputy party leader, Angela Rayner.
Here is the program for the day.
10am: Lord Deben, Chairman of the Climate Change Committee, testifies before the House of Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee.
10:15 am: Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, the leader of the DUP, testifies before the Lords Constitution Committee.
10:30 am: Robert Buckland, the Justice Secretary, testifies before the Lords Justice and Home Affairs Committee.
12h: Boris Johnson takes on Sir Keir Starmer at PMQ.
Around 1 p.m .: MPs are starting to debate a Labor motion saying the £ 20-a-week universal credit cut slated for next month should be scrapped. The vote will take place around 4 p.m.
2 p.m .: Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and other Greater Manchester leaders hold a press conference on Covid.
For more in-depth coverage of Covid, read our Global Live Blog.
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