Coronavirus News : 21.05.2020

Mayor urges Londoners to buy reusable face masks

London’s mayor has written to all major supermarkets calling on them to stock face coverings to help protect people using the capital’s public transport.

In his letter, Sadiq Khan asked that masks should be reusable, non-medical and at a price which was “accessible to all”.

The government has advised coverings should be worn in an enclosed space when social distancing is not possible. Mr Khan said face masks would be “essential” as the lockdown was lifted.

“Whilst we at City Hall are encouraging the use of homemade face coverings, I recognise that there will be many Londoners who will need or want to purchase a ready-made product instead” wrote Mr Khan.

He added that coverings going on sale should not be medical-grade masks in order to protect supplies for front-line workers.

He also said “Given that I am asking the public to use face covering when on public transport, there will be a huge demand for them in the coming weeks”

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