Workington MP ‘Can’t Wait To Ditch’ Face Masks But Other Cumbrians Are Torn

By Rachael Grealish

A Cumbrian MP says he ‘can’t wait to ditch’ face masks, following the Prime Minister’s confirmation of England moving to Step 4.

Yesterday, Monday July 5, Boris Johnson confirmed all social distancing would be scrapped from July 19 – along with the legal requirement to wear masks.

In response, the Workington MP, Mark Jenkinson, took to Twitter to say he won’t wear a face mask if he is not legally obliged to do so.

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He tweeted: “I won’t wear one [a face mask] where I’m not required to by law, or to use a service, either. I can’t wait to ditch it.”

“It prevents the most basic human interaction – facial expression,” adding: “The primary media through which humans communicate with each other.”

Although he’s the only Cumbrian MP to share his views on mask wearing in a post-lockdown world, he’s not the only Cumbrian.

The Herdwick News asked if people would still wear a mask once restrictions are lifted an many agreed with the MP.

One person stated wearing masks ‘can’t be the new norm’.

He said: “It’s a no from me. Will be going straight in the bin and won’t wear one going forward.

“Done my bit now and we have to live with it. Where do you stop as can’t be the new norm.”

Another said: “Cannot wait to get rid of the mask – but, when I feel uncomfortable, I will still wear one.”

And a third commented: “Not a chance will I be wearing one.”

However, many people said they will continue to wear masks either for their own safety, the comfort of others and vulnerable people or while indoors.

One person commented: “Yes in certain places like shops and public transport.”

“For me it will depend on where I’m at and who is around me,” another stated, “I think I’ll probably carry one with me for a while yet.”

While a third commented: “Yes, I would wear a mask as long as It’s necessary and as long as others require me to do so.”

Along with no requirements to wear masks, the PM said the country would be exiting lockdown in a ‘now or never’ move.

He said: “We must be honest with ourselves if we can’t reopen our society in the the next few weeks, we must ask ourselves when will we be able to return to normal.”

“To those who say we should delay again the alternative to that is to open up in winter when the virus will have the advantage or not at all this year,” he continued.

The PM then a set out our five point plan for ‘living with COVID’ – here are the main points:

  • There will be no limits on social contact.
  • The legal requirement to wear face masks will be removed – with people instead expected to use their own judgement.
  • All remaining businesses, including nightclubs, will be allowed to reopen.
  • People will not be required to work from home.
  • COVID passports will not be needed for entry into events.
  • Test and Trace and self-isolation will continue – but double-jabbed people will be exempt if a contact tests positi