Huw Edwards told to take off Covid mask – because it had a Welsh dragon on it
Huw Edwards has said that he was asked to take off his mask by an “angry man” on the tube – because it had a red dragon on it.
The Welsh broadcaster said that he would continue to wear his mask, after Boris Johnson announced that face masks will only be “encouraged” in England from Monday.
Mark Drakeford is due to make a statement tomorrow setting out further details on the new alert level zero for Wales, including wtherer masks will be mandatory in other settings.
Huw Edwards posted on social media: “Angry man on tube demands I take off mask. Turns out he was offended by the Welsh theme…
“Anyway. I’m still going to wear a mask on public transport and indoor spaces — to protect others and show respect for NHS staff. Diolch.”
Angry man on tube demands I take off mask. Turns out he was offended by the Welsh theme… 🏴 Anyway. I’m still going to wear a mask on public transport and indoor spaces — to protect others and show respect for NHS staff. Diolch. 🙏🏻 @robertwilson9 📸 pic.twitter.com/1Giul86tXP
— Huw Edwards (@huwbbc) July 13, 2021
The Welsh Government have said that “active further consideration” is being given to whether masks will still be required by law in other settings, like retail.
Speaking in plenary today, the First Minister said that a decision on face masks would be made tomorrow and that the added that the danger of long-Covid was one reason why they were being more cautious than England in lifting restrictions.
“It’s one of our reasons for hesitation in the current circumstances because while the link between falling ill and hospitalisation has undoubtedly been amended by vaccination, large numbers of people falling ill in the community is not to be dismissed as though that wasn’t a matter of continuing concern,” he said.
“Because the more people who fall ill in the community, the greater the risk there will be that some of those people too will then suffer not just a temporary or minor illness, but an illness that will live with them for weeks and months beyond.”