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Covid-19: Masks - Question for Short Debate

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:23 pm on 11th June 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Falkner of Margravine Baroness Falkner of Margravine Liberal Democrat 4:23 pm, 11th June 2020

My Lords, I will start with a simple question because, like all those who have spoken, I am not clear as to the Government’s evidence or why they are hesitating to recommend the widespread use of face coverings across the board, not just for public transport. There is one question that has not been answered: have the Government had discussions with the security services, the police or other law enforcement bodies on whether they have views on the implications of people being at large, out and about in public, wearing face coverings? I wonder whether that is one of the reasons why they are hesitating so much. I join with others in saying that we need to reduce the social distancing rule to one metre so, if face coverings are the way to go, perhaps we need to find some other ways of reassuring those who are concerned about crime.