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Boris Johnson blasted for not wearing mask in back of his car after England game


Boris Johnson ditched his face mask on the chauffeur-driven ride home from England’s Euro 2020 victory, the Mirror can reveal.

The Prime Minister was snapped leaving Wembley Stadium without a covering in the back of his ministerial Range Rover despite his driver, security detail and even wife Carrie masking up.

Pictures taken on Wednesday night show him wearing an England shirt under a suit jacket in the back seat with Mrs Johnson, as his four-car convoy leaves the ground with police outriders.

Labour blasted the Prime Minister’s gaffe, claiming it showed “he has never taken this pandemic seriously” and has “no common sense”.

Until July 19, face masks are required by law in taxis and private hire cars in England – with £200 fines for failing to wear one without an exemption.

It’s thought there is a loophole for chauffeur-driven ministerial cars – which would mean Mr Johnson did not break the law.



The PM failed to cover up despite No10 previously insisting ministers would wear masks in their cars
The PM failed to cover up despite No10 previously insisting ministers would wear masks in their cars

But government guidance still urges people who share a car to protect themselves and others by “asking the driver and passengers to wear a face covering”.

And Mr Johnson was snapped hours after telling MPs that – even after July 19 – “it is common sense for people in confined spaces to wear a face mask, out of respect and courtesy to others”.

Labour’s Shadow Health Minister Justin Madders said: “The Prime Minister claims people should use their common sense but he has just demonstrated that he has none.

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The Tory leader's wife Carrie Symonds remembered her face covering
The Tory leader’s wife Carrie Symonds remembered her face covering

“Whether it is boasting about shaking hands with Covid patients or saying he would rather let the bodies pile high, Boris Johnson has never taken this pandemic seriously.

“And in ditching all protections in one go, he’s dangerously pandering to the very worst elements on his back benches and putting his political interests above public health.”

No10 have been approached for comment.

Last September the Prime Minister’s spokesman insisted Mr Johnson “will be wearing face coverings in line with the guidance” for taxis.

And after ex-Health Secretary Matt Hancock was spotted in a similar slip-up last year, Mr Johnson’s spokesman warned: “The advice was that ministers should wear face coverings and they were made available within the cars which ministers use.”

It comes as the PM prepares to axe all legal requirements to wear masks in England from July 19, despite SAGE warning “baseline” restrictions would likely still be needed.

He will announce the final decision on Monday on whether to trigger step four of his roadmap, which will end all social distancing laws and reopen nightclubs.



The pictures were snapped as Mr Johnson left Wembley Stadium in a convoy with police outriders
The pictures were snapped as Mr Johnson left Wembley Stadium in a convoy with police outriders

Health Secretary Sajid Javid has admitted cases could reach 100,000 a day by mid-August, while scientists have warned they are concerned about a possible tide of ‘long Covid’ in the young.

The PM said on Wednesday: “What we are doing is cautiously, prudently moving from legal diktat to allowing people to take personal responsibility for their actions.”

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But campaign group Disability Rights UK warned vulnerable people will “be faced with the choice of shielding” or putting themselves at risk on public transport once compulsory masks are axed.





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