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U.K.’s Big-City Mayors Want to Keep Masks on Public Transport

  • The appeal comes as Boris Johnson is set to lift restrictions
  • This is crunch week, with U.K. focused on re-opening economy
Passengers on the London Underground tube network.

Passengers on the London Underground tube network.

Photographer: Bryn Colton/Bloomberg

Mayors from the biggest English cities up and down the country urged U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson to stop people on public transport from traveling without face masks.

The appeal comes as Johnson is expected to confirm on Monday that face coverings will no longer be required in many situations after July 19. Dan Norris, the Labour Mayor for the West of England, said he wants to keep mask-wearing mandatory until the number of Covid-19 infections starts falling.

“Many people are still anxious about traveling on public transport and we need to get people back to normal again; normal means taking public transport, which we know they haven’t been,” Norris said in an interview. “We need to err on the side of caution.”