Good morning. Sajid Javid |, the health secretary, was doing a conversational interview this morning, and asked him why conservative ministers and MPs are reluctant to mask. Because when they are in Westminster they are not with strangers, he said. This is what he told Sky News when asked why no one wore a mask at the crowded cabinet meeting yesterday.
That is perfectly in line with what the prime minister said yesterday and what I said yesterday, because what we said is that people should consider wearing masks in crowded places when they are with strangers, when they are with them. the people they usually spend time with.
And he used the same argument when asked why so some Conservative MPs wear masks in the chamber of Commons (although parliamentary authorities said wearing a mask was “strongly advised.) He told Times Radio:
I think people should just use their judgment. Be sober. If you’re in a crowded area with poor ventilation with strangers, people you just don’t know, people should consider wearing a mask and we’ve been clear about that since July.
But equally if you’re with people you regularly hang out with and most people have been vaccinated or you have good reason to believe they are, you can take a different approach.
Ang government Covid autumn and winter plans (pdf) published yesterday advised to wear a cap “in crowded and enclosed settings where you interact with people you don’t normally know”.
But Labor mocked Javid for suggesting that people might not catch Covid from an acquaintance of theirs. This is from the deputy leader of the party, Angela Rayner.
Here is the agenda for today.
10am: Lord Deben, head of the climate change committee, provides evidence on Commons housing, communities and local government committees.
10.15 am: Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, the head of the DUP, gives evidence to the Lords constitutional committee.
10.30 am: Robert B Auckland, the secretary of justice, gives evidence to the Lords justice and house committee.
12pm: Boris Johnson facing Sir Keir Starmer in the PMQs.
Around 1pm: The MPs ’debate began with a Labor motion saying the £ 20 per week cut in universal credit planned for next month should be waived. Polling is about 4pm.
2pm: Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester, and other Greater Manchester leaders held a press conference at Covid.
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