Wearing a face mask or covering will no longer be a legal requirement in any setting starting tomorrow, as the UK begins to see the easing of Coronavirus restrictions.
Mask mandates have already been lifted in secondary school classrooms as of last week.
Though no longer compulsory, the government has recommended that the public still wear masks where they can, especially in enclosed spaces.
With the easing of these rules, the responsibility for mask wearing now falls onto the shoulders of the public to decide if they will continue to wear a face covering when out and about.
Supermarkets have been at the forefront of the government guidelines regarding face coverings since their implementation back in the summer of 2020 and have remained a large point of debate ever since.
As the rule change is now just a day away, we took to the high street to see if shoppers plan to continue wearing a face covering.
Jack Mollins feels that mask wearing should continue in shops.
‘I’d like to see people carrying on’
He said: “I’d like to see people carrying on with masks and I’d like to see mandatory injections.
“It’s a good job Boris did what he did, otherwise we’d still be carrying bodies out the hospital.
“It’s up to the individual but I’ll most likely carry on.”
‘You’re not only protecting yourself’
Debra Kaemmnitz is planning to continue wearing her mask but respects the decision of those who won’t,
She said: “Personally, I think it’s down to each person, it’s up to that individual if they want to wear it.
“Me and my family, we are keeping our masks on. You’re not only protecting yourself, you’re protecting those around you and that’s how I personally feel in order to stay safe.
“I think it’s down to each person, each to their own, I’ll be wearing my mask.”
‘It’s now a personal choice’
Carl Kroon strongly believes that the decision should now come down to the public.
He said: “I think the mask has been very useful in reducing the spreading of germs, but we can’t go on for the rest of eternity wearing masks.
“There’s a time to implement, from a national level, certain things and then there’s a time when people should have the choice as well so it’s getting the right balance between the two.
“Tomorrow it becomes more of a personal choice and some people will choose to wear it and some people won’t. I think it depends on the setting.”