BBC Breakfast viewers vent fury at Sadiq and Dan Walker mask debate: ‘Talking rubbish’
Sadiq Khan discusses face coverings on London public transport
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From Monday, July 19, England will enter its next stage of lockdown easing as Boris Johnson has announced face coverings and social distancing will no longer be mandatory by law. However, masks in enclosed and crowded spaces are still being encouraged, with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan deciding to go one step further and keep the rules that coverings should be mandatory on the tube and buses. But when he outlined his reasons why to Dan Walker on BBC Breakfast on Tuesday, it’s safe to say not everyone was convinced.
“We know from the evidence from the government’s own advisors SAGE, we know from the World Health Organisation that wearing a face covering, particularly indoors, where you can’t reduce your distance, does reduce transmission,” Mr Khan said.
“It leads to not just created public safety, but great public confidence as well.”
Explaining how TfL are able to enforce the face-covering rule, Mr Khan continued: “What we’re doing in the absence of national legislation is using the conditions of carriage.
“Basically, it’s the contract you have when you want to use TfL services, one of the conditions you’ve got to abide by is the requirement to wear a face covering.
“The great news is by and large the vast, vast, vast majority of people over the past 12 months have used a face-covering without the need for enforcement.
“I’m confident both Londoners and those visiting our city will continue to wear a face-covering when using TfL services.”
Mr Khan went on to refer to TfL’s policy of no alcohol on the Underground and how this hasn’t needed to be enforced as passengers abide by the rules.
However, with Walker refusing to challenges Mr Khan on many of his claims, it’s safe to say fans had differing opinions.
In fact, after hearing Mr Khan’s plans to go against the government’s policy of no longer making face coverings mandatory plus the difficulties enforcing it may create, many vented their frustrations.
“@BBCBreakfast Sadiq Khan is talking rubbish,” one fan said on Twitter. “From recent personal experience there is mass non compliance of people not wearing masks, especially certain parts of society and nothing happens on the tube and trains.”
A second added: “You see loads of people drinking alcohol on the tube. Everyone ignores that rule and it’s not policed.
“Has Sadiq Khan travelled on the tube in the past five years?! #BBCBreakfast.”
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Another sarcastically asked: “Most people are complying wearing face coverings on @TfL Mr Khan on @BBCBreakfast? I don’t think so.”
“@BBCBreakfast @MayorofLondon My experience on the Jubilee Line from Finchley Road to Stanmore after 4pm during the week is that there are large numbers of people not wearing masks,” a fourth weighed in from personal experience.
“This has been going on for months, and I’ve never seen @tfl or @BTP taking action. #TfL.”
While a fifth pointed out: “#BBCBreakfast mr Khan is not a law maker it is not a legal requirement now to wear face masks he cannot force you And that’s the problem with this it still needs to be a legal requirement and it’s not.”
Mr Khan faced similar questions during an appearance on ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Wednesday as well.
And once more, the Mayor of London insisted Londoners “would do the right thing” even though the face-covering rule was no longer law.
However, it didn’t escape the sights of Susanna Reid who grilled the politician on the difficulties TfL will likely face in trying to enforce such rules.
BBC Breakfast airs daily at 6am on ITV.
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