Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg has suggested that Tories do not need to wear face coverings in Parliament because with their “convivial, fraternal spirit” they know each other well.
Current guidance introduced in England after their mandatory use ended this summer is to wear masks in crowded and enclosed spaces where individuals “come into contact with people you don’t normally meet”.
The Health Secretary had called on Wednesday for Tories to set a good example by masking up to help avoid further restrictions being introduced to stem a wave of coronavirus cases.
No. 10 appeared surprised that Mr Javid issued the call and declined to back his advice, instead pointing to the guidance on wearing them around less familiar faces.
Asked by his SNP counterpart, Pete Wishart, in the Commons about the Health Secretary’s advice, Mr Rees-Mogg said: “There is no advice to wear facemasks in workplaces.
“The advice on crowded spaces is with crowded spaces with people that you don’t know. We on this side know each other.”
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