02/08/2023

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Face coverings should become “mandatory” in higher risk public spaces says Plaid

FACE coverings should become mandatory in higher risk public spaces, Plaid Cymru Shadow Health Minister Rhun ap Iorwerth MS has said.

There has been growing scientific evidence and calls within the scientific community that suggests the risk of transmission is lowered with face coverings.

Mr ap Iorwerth said Wales should follow Scotland and make face masks compulsory on public transport and in shops and called on the Welsh Government to provide a “clear and unambiguous directive” on making face masks mandatory.

Today Professor Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, president of the Royal Society, said “everyone” should carry a face covering when they leave home in order to tackle coronavirus and that they should be worn “whenever you are in crowded public spaces”.

Plaid Cymru Shadow Health Minister Rhun ap Iorwerth MS said,

“Evidence continues to grow about the effectiveness of face coverings in limiting the transmission of the Coronavirus. Just as Scotland has now made face masks compulsory in shops and public transport, Welsh Government should provide a clear, unambiguous directive and make the wearing of face coverings a requirement in certain public places.

“We cannot become complacent as more restrictions are eased. The battle to bring down the transmission rate and stamp out the virus continues, and face coverings have a part to play in that.”

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